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F&ES 869 01 (23550) /ANTH572
Disaster, Degradation, Dystopia: Social Science Approaches to Environmental Perturbation and Change
Michael Dove
Th 11.30-2.20 KRN 321
Spring 2013 
 
3 credits. This is an advanced seminar on the long tradition of social science scholarship on environmental perturbation and natural disasters, the relevance of which has been heightened by the current global attention to climate change. The course is divided into three main sections. The first consists of central questions and debates in the field: the history of Western and non-Western thought on disasters; social dimensions of contemporary natural disasters; and the discursive dimensions of environmental degradation, focusing on deforestation. The second section focuses on anthropological and interdisciplinary approaches to climate change and related topics, encompassing canonical anthropological work on flood and drought; cyclones, El Niño, and interannual cycles; ethno-ecology; and risk. Additional lectures focus on the dynamics of interdisciplinary approaches to these topics. The final section of the course consists of the classroom presentation of work by the students and Teaching Fellow. Enrollment limited to twenty.
Prerequisite: F&ES 520a or 882b. Three hours lecture/seminar.