Anthropology | Cultural Ecology
E328 | 24915 | Tucker
Ecological Anthropology (also referred to as Cultural Ecology and
Environmental Anthropology) explores the interactions between human
populations and the natural environment. It is 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, such as tropical deforestation,
desertification and global climate change. Class discussions will
address questions such as: In what ways does the environment
constrain or shape human societies and cultures? 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 scholars such as Steward, Rappaport,
Boserup, Bennett and Netting, as well as recent publications by
established and emerging researchers. Students are expected to
prepare readings for class and participate in class discussions.
Evaluation is based upon class assignments, attendance and
participation in discussion, a midterm exam, and a research paper.