GEOG 3801: Political Ecology
This course introduces students to this geographical school of nature-society thought. It situates Political Ecology PE in the hundred years of geographic thought on nature-society relations prior to PE’s emergence in the 1970s, and follows how the field developed since then. It introduces key concepts and methods in the field, and helps students understand how, why, and with what effects PE differs from other approaches. Students will learn how PE concepts and methods have been applied in existing research and engagement, and the course will include a faculty research focus on PE of environmental chemicals in the Anthropocene. The course explores how PE approaches are relevant for understanding today’s issues, and students will themselves learn to apply PE concepts and methods to issues of their choosing.