Anthropology | Ecological Anthropology
E328 | 27047 | 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 range of human adaptations to different
environmental conditions, including the arctic and high altitudes.
The readings discuss the recent theoretical approaches including
political ecology, and present contemporary research on major
environmental issues, such as tropical deforestation, desertification,
and global environmental change. Class discussions will address a
range of questions: 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? We will also explore
environmental issues of importance to Indiana University.
Readings include classic works by Steward, Rappaport, Boserup, Bennett
and Netting, as well as publications by established and emerging
researchers. Students are expected to write reading responses and
participate in weekly discussions. Evaluations will be based on
writing exercises, quizzes/exams, and a research project.