course

How can we understand the many ways in which people shape their environments and are, in turn, shaped by them? This course addresses this question by examining the cultural, social, and political dimensions of human-environment relations. We explore foundational concerns and approaches in environmental anthropology; the formation of environmental knowledge; and the relation between environmental governance and the governance of people. Examining recent debates about the Anthropocene, we consider how alternate understandings emerging from posthumanism, multi-species, and ontological perspectives complicate received renderings of human-environment relations with a view to considering intertwined human and environmental futures.