Anthropology | Ecology and Society
E101 | 0449 | Brondizio


This course aims to introduce contemporary environmental anthropology
while exposing the student to the study of:
-the history of theoretical perspectives about human-environmental
interactions;
-the human dimensions of global environmental change;
-underlying methodological strategies and research tools in
anthropology and ecosystem ecology; and,
-academic development and professional curriculum in environmental
anthropology and the role and demand it has to play in the coming century;

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 in 4 main 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

Required books:

1. Harper, C.L. (1996). Environment and Society: Human Perspectives on
Environmental Issues.
Upper Saddle River: Prentice-Hall.

2. Bates, D.G. (1998). Human Adaptive Strategies: Ecology, Culture, and
Politics. Boston: Allyn
and Bacon.

Grading Policy:

In this course you are required to work on three assignments, one of which
will correspond to your mid-term exam, and a final exam.

Your final grade will take into account:

1. First assignment:10 % ; 2. Second assignment (Mid-Term): 30%; 3. Third
assignment: 20%; 4. Final Exam: 40%