Anthropology | Cultural Ecology
E427 | 0500 | Moran

Cultural ecology, human ecology and ecological anthropology all refer to
the interdisciplinary study of the interactions between human populations
and the environmental systems within which they exist.In this course we
will be concerned not only with surveying the way these relationships have
been treated in the past, but also with exploring new approaches needed in
addressing contemporary environmental issues such as tropical
deforestation, global environmental change, urban pollution, and global
warming. While the course will not explicitly focus on "global" approaches
efforts will be made to link the regional to the global.

Required books:

Moran, Emilio F. Human Adaptability: An Introduction to Ecological
Anthropology, 2nd edition. 2000, Westview (paper);
Kempton, W. et al. Environmental Values in American Culture, 1997 MIT
Press (paper);
Netting, R. Smallholders, Householders: The Ecology of Intensification,
1993, Stanford (paper);
Moran, Emilio F. The Ecosystem Approach in Anthropology: From Concept to
Practice. 1990. Michigan (paper)
Durham and Painter, eds.  The social causes of environmental destruction
in Latin America, 1992. Michigan (paper).

Course Requirements: Keeping up with the reading is job #1!
A Paper Proposal is due after 3 weeks. It must include a "Statement of
Problem,procedures and a "Preliminary Annotated Bibliography"    (20% of
Final paper due on the last class meeting date (counts 40% of grade).

Mid-term and Final exams are each 20% of final grade.

Grading Policy: Percentages for various assignments are specified above.
Any late assignment will be graded one letter grade down automatically.
All assignments are to be typed, double?spaced, and erasable typing paper
is not to be used, as it smudges.
Incompletes: will be given only in the rarest of circumstances such as
serious illness.


1. Introduction to Basic Concepts.
2. Historical Development of People/Environment Studies.
3. Principles of Ecology and Research Methods.
4. Human Adaptation to Arctic Ecosystems.
5. Human Adaptation to High Altitudes.
6. Human Adaptation to Arid Lands and Grasslands.
7. Human Adaptation to the Humid Tropics.
8.  Doing Ecological Anthropology!
9. New Directions in Ecological Anthropology: The ecology of human
dimensions of global environmental change