Syllabus for Political Ecology

Political Ecology

Syllabus

  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 5KA404
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Cultural Anthropology A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2007-01-23
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Arts
  • Revised: 2010-10-25
  • Revised by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: week 29, 2011
  • Entry requirements: A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
  • Responsible department: Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology

Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to probe how understandings of ecology and the relationship of people to their environment vary cross-culturally.

After accomplishing the course the student is expected to:
• Have an in-depth understanding of how people’s relationships to their environment are articulated in different contexts;
• Have the analytical and conceptual tools for analysing society-environment relations from a political ecology perspective;
• Discuss the interactions of local, national and global processes through specific case-studies;
• Be able to analyse environmentalist discourses and their practical consequences in relation to society and culture.

Content

Ecology is inherently political. In this course the ‘ecocosmologies’ of indigenous peoples are compared to the ecological paradigms of western science. Contemporary case studies serve to illustrate ongoing contests for stewardship over resources, to discuss modern buzzwords such as ‘sustainable development’ and to debate the Tragedy of the Commons model.

Instruction

The teaching will be conducted through lectures, seminars and counselling. Attendance at seminars is obligatory. The language of instruction is English.

Assessment

The course grade will be based on active participation in seminars and the writing of a paper. The grades are Pass with distinction (VG), pass (G), fail (U).

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 30, 2015

  • Goldman, Mara; Nadasdy, Paul; Turner, Matthew D. Knowing Nature : conversations at the intersection of political ecology and science studies

    Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011.

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Nuttall, Mark Protecting the Arctic : indigenous peoples and cultural survival.

    Amsterdam: Harwood Academic, cop. 1998

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Robbins, Paul Political ecology : a critical introduction

    2. ed.: Chichester, West Sussex: J. Wiley & Sons, cop. 2012

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Peluso, NancyLee; Watts, Michael Violent environments.

    Ithaca: Cornell University Press,

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Wenzel, George Animal rights, human rights : ecology, economy and ideology in the Canadian Arctic

    London: Belhaven, 1991

    Find in the library

    Mandatory