Teressa Ann Trusty
Introduction to human/environment interactions from various anthropological perspectives. Intellectual history of anthropological approaches to environment, emphasizing the mutual interconnectedness of people and nature. Survey of evolutionary models; cultural ecology; systems approaches; indigenous knowledge; ethnoecology; nature and the state; political ecology; ecofeminism; and environmentalism.
This course provides an introduction to anthropology’s approach to studying human-environment interactions. For those of you who have studied environmental issues from a natural science or economic perspective, this course will provide a different, often contrasting viewpoint to your previous studies. It will challenge you to consider the paradigms you use to view environmental problems and the methods that are commonly applied to solve them. Hopefully, the course will be informative and offer you an alternative way to critically think about the environment and our place as humans in it.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
A mixture of lectures, discussions, films, and in-class activities will comprise the majority of this class.
Success in this course requires a genuine interest in environmental issues and an anthropological approach to studying them. No special knowledge or skills are required.
Class assignments and grading
Grades will be based upon class participation, written work, and two exams.