Honors | Anthropology
A150 | 0444 | Brondizio


This course emphasizes the relationship between society and the
environment in the dawn of the 21st century. The course will emphasize the
interfaces between environment and society in terms of economy, human
health, social justice, and national security. In disciplinary terms, the
course aims to introduce contemporary environmental anthropology and human
ecology while exposing the student to the study of: 1) the history of
theoretical perspectives about human environmental interactions; 2)
contemporary environmental problems and the human dimensions of global
environmental change; 3) underlying methodological strategies and research
tools in anthropology and ecosystem ecology; 4) academic development and
professional curriculum in environmental anthropology and the role and
demand it has to play in the coming century; 5) the problem-solving and
interdisciplinary orientation of environmental anthropology offers
enormous possibilities for academic and professional development, while
contributing for a better understanding and solution of environmental
problems occurring at all scales, from local level well being to global
sustainability.
The course is divided into four parts: 1) studies on human-environmental
interactions: historical perspective, and the relationship between social
organization-settlement pattern-production systems. 2) Emergence of
contemporary environmental crisis: paradigms of resource uses, the human
impact on the environment. 3) an integrated approach to the study
environmental problems from the perspective of environmental anthropology:
ecosystem models and political ecology. 4) adapting to the future: global
environmental change and human behavior.  Suggested books include: D. G.
Bates, Human Adaptive Strategies: Ecology, Culture and Politics, World
Resources 1998-1999: A Guide to the Global Environment.