Environmental Anthropology-E2

Numbering Code U-LAS05 20006 LE40 Year/Term 2021 ・ First semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type Lecture
Target Year All students Target Student For all majors
Language English Day/Period Fri.3
Instructor name D'SOUZA, Rohan Ignatious (Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies Associate Professor)
Outline and Purpose of the Course This course will introduce students to four defining anthropologically inspired frameworks that have been critical in exploring the many fraught relationships between Nature and Culture. These frameworks or ideological perspectives have in actual fact driven the field of ecological and environmental anthropology by sparking innumerable debates, discussions and sharp disagreements. The true weight of this scholarship, however, as this course will empathize and outline, lies not only in the empirically informed insights that have been generated over the years but the riveting theories that have helped us reflect on the Nature-Culture divide and overlap.
Course Goals The Nature-Culture divide has been foundational in defining a range of philosophical and political attitudes. This course is intended to help navigate the complex theory laden understanding of how humans have interacted with and shaped their environments.
Schedule and Contents Each class will comprise a 90 minute session; involving a lecture of 60 minutes and followed by a 30 minute interactive discussion in which student participation will be elicited through either group or individual presentations.

Four themes will be covered:

a) Cultural Ecology
b) Socio-Biology
c) Conservation Ecology
d) Political Ecology
Evaluation Methods and Policy There will be a regular cycle of written submissions and feedback through class discussions and teacher evaluations. The idea is to develop a credible capacity for reading and writing amongst those who take up the course. Evaluations will be based on class presentations, writing assignments and tutorials.
Course Requirements None
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) Students will be expected to have read at least five pages of pre-assigned reading, at the very minimum, before attending each class.
Textbooks Textbooks/References Traditions of Systems Theory: Major Figures and Contemporary Developments, Darrell P. Arnold (ed.) , (Routledge , 2013), ISBN:978-0415843898
References, etc. Environmental Policy and Biodiversity , R.Edward Grumbine, (Island Press, 1994), ISBN:978-1559632836
Critical Political Ecology, Tim Forsyth , (Routledge, 2003), ISBN:978-0415185639
The Future of Nature , Libby Robin, Sverker Sorlin, Paul Warde (ed.) , (Yale University Press, 2013), ISBN:978-0300184617
Social Nature: Theory, Practice and Politics, Noel Castree and Bruce Braun (ed),, (Blackwell Publsihing 2001), ISBN:978-0631215684
Relevant sections and chapters from the above books will be assigned as readings for the course. Other reading materials such as articles or short-write-ups may be included based on class discussions and interest.