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Syllabus for Boil 4160/5160 Political Ecology CLASS HANDOUT-2009 Fall

Summary: Syllabus for Boil 4160/5160 Political Ecology
Biology 4160/5160 Political Ecology
Room 812 in Life Sciences Center (Biology Wing)
Tuesday Afternoons: 1335-1625 Hrs.
Class Description:
Political ecology examines the politics of the environment using mainly international development
examples. Political Ecology is an interdisciplinary subject involving many areas such as: science, language,
gender, sociology, culture, development, social movements, public participation and organization, economic
and property systems, power and political relationships, ecology, geography, land use, and spatial
relationships, environmental history, anthropology, disaster studies, among others. Political ecology does
not center on specific policies, political theories, or ideologies, but rather considers an array of broad
political and socio-economic forces that shape the human relationships to the environment. These forces are
multiple and interact in complex ways over a set of interlocking scales from local to global. Most
developing people live very closely to their environment, and their survival and well-being are dependent on
maintaining the quality of their environments. Some key questions are as follows: Who has power over the
environment? How is nature constructed and destructed? How do existing policies and stakeholder
interactions affect the use of environment by society? How do resource conflicts arise and become
resolved? How is environmental knowledge used and abused?
The class will cover some of the lessons learned around the world concerning diverse relationships


Source: Adl, Sina - Department of Biology, Dalhousie University


Collections: Environmental Sciences and Ecology