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Environment and Development in Africa

Semester and Year FA 2015
Course Number IDSEM-UG1648
Section 001
Instructor Rosalind Fredericks
Days T
Time 2:00 PM - 4:45 PM
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Units 4
Level U
Requirement   SOC, GLOBAL


Sect 002 for Environmental Studies majors.


This course explores the political ecology of African development in historic perspective. Drawing from anthropology, geography, environmental history, development studies, and political science, the course joins theoretical and empirical perspectives on the politics of African environments. The first part will focus on the history of human-environment relations on the continent, paying particular attention to the exploitation of the natural environment during colonialism and patterns of extraction and trade set up during that time. Building on this history, we will then concentrate on the postcolonial period in order to compare different forms of exploitation across Africa and their connections to key development debates and national development trajectories. Specific topics may include: the extractive industries; the management of the urban environment; wildlife conservation and tourism; agriculture and rural livelihoods; and gendered access to resources. Aiming to provide more complex, critical, and nuanced understandings of human-environment relations on the continent, we will draw from academic texts and novels as well as documentaries. Readings may include: James Ferguson, Gregg Mitman, Michael Watts, and Adam Hochschild.


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Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)