Anthropology | CULTURAL ECOLOGY
E427 | 0429 | Tucker


Ecological Anthropology (also referred to as Cultural Ecology and
Environmental Anthropology) explores the interactions between human
populations and the environmental systems within which they exist.  It is
strongly interdisciplinary, with linkages across the social and natural
sciences.  The course covers the development of theories of
human-environment interrelationships from the mid-1900s through the
present.  It considers the contributions of recent theoretical approaches
including political ecology, and presents contemporary research that
addresses major environmental issues, including tropical
deforestation, desertification, urban pollution, and global environmental
change. Class discussions will address questions such as:  In what ways
does the environment constrain or shape human adaptation?
Are there patterns of human-driven environmental change through time and
space?  Under what circumstances may humans manage natural resources
sustainably?

Readings include classic works by Steward, Rappaport, Boserup, Bennett and
Netting, as well as recent publications by established and emerging
researchers such as Lansing, Moran, and Ruttan.  Students are expected to
participate in class discussions of readings. Assignments involve brief
writing exercises, a midterm exam, and a research paper.