Anthropology | Ecological Anthropology
E328 | 28106 | 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 cover classic works on cultural ecology, recent theoretical
approaches including political ecology, and contemporary research on
major environmental issues. 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. Students are expected to
participate in weekly discussions. Evaluations will be based on
writing exercises, quizzes/exams, and a research project.