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Ecologie politique

Political Ecology

Responsible Faculty: Faculty of Geosciences and Environment (FGSE)

Teacher(s): Christian Kull

Validity: 2019 ->

Course Timetable (Weekly)

Date Location Notice Topics Lecturer(s)
2020/2021 : Monday 10:15-12:00 (Weekly) Géopolis/1620 gradin    
Except:
- 22.02.2021
- 01.03.2021
- 08.03.2021
- 15.03.2021
- 22.03.2021
- 12.04.2021
- 31.05.2021
2020/2021 : Wednesday 08:30-10:00 (Weekly) Géopolis/1620 gradin    
Except:
- 24.02.2021
- 03.03.2021
- 10.03.2021
- 17.03.2021
- 24.03.2021
- 31.03.2021
- 14.04.2021
- 21.04.2021
- 28.04.2021
- 05.05.2021
- 12.05.2021
- 19.05.2021
- 02.06.2021

Course

Spring semester
14 hours per semester
Weekly
Teaching language(s): French
Public: Yes
Credits: 3.00

Objective

By the end of the semester, students will be expected to be able to:

1. Recognize, evaluate, and apply key theoretical and practical concepts regarding natural resource management and environment-society relationships.

2. Appreciate the complex, multi-scalar, intertwined nature of ecological, social, and political factors underlyingnatural resource management issues in both wealthy and developing countries.

Content

Natural resource management is often seen as a technocratic question. However, there are important social and political questions behind environmental issues like nature conservation, land degradation, forest or fisheries management, agricultural development, and urban water supply, among others. Political ecology is an approach that seeks to understand conflicts and challenges in human-environment relations by focusing attention not only on the science of environmental issues, but also on the construction of that science, on relations of power, and on the role of ideas and discourses. It investigates the intersection of social justice with environmental sustainability.

This course, inspired by the field of 'political ecology', focuses on a number of key debates over the ecological, social, and political aspects of major resource management issues. We will investigate debates over causes and trajectories of resource use and environmental change, as well as debates over different management approaches, e.g. role of the state, communities, market-based approaches, protected areas, and indigenous people. The course investigates the theoretical and ideological underpinnings of these debates, drawing on case studies from around the world.

Evaluation

This class takes place over a half semester, with 2 hours of lecture and 1 hour of small group discussions per week for 7 weeks. Evaluation is by in-semester assignments and test (controle continue).

Bibliography

Robbins, P (2020) Political Ecology: A Critical Introduction (2nd ed). 3rd ed. Oxford: Wiley.

Programme requirements

"Eléments des sciences sociales" or "Géographie sociale" or similar

Use contextFaculty codeStatusCredits
''Géographie' complément (2014 ->) ›› M3 - Courses en human geographyOptional3.00
''Géographie' complément (2014 ->) ›› M4 - Open-choice coursesOptional3.00
2ème partie 'Géographie Discipline externe' (2014 ->) ›› M3 - Courses in human geographyOptional3.00
2ème partie 'Géographie Discipline externe' (2018 ->) ›› M3 - Courses in human geographyOptional3.00
2ème partie 'Géographie Discipline externe' (2014 ->) ›› M4 - Open-choice coursesOptional3.00
2ème partie 'Géographie Discipline externe' (2018 ->) ›› M4 - Open-choice coursesOptional3.00
2ème partie BA 'Géographie' (2018 ->) ›› M3 - Courses in human geographyOptional3.00
2ème partie BA 'Géographie' (2018 ->) ›› M4 - Open-choice coursesOptional3.00
Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Geosciences and Environment orientation Environmental Studies, 2nd part (2014 ->) ›› M7b - Environmental studies III - Socio-political issuesCompulsory3.00
Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Geosciences and Environment orientation Environmental Studies, 2nd part (2017 ->) ›› M7b - Environmental studies III - Socio-political issuesCompulsory3.00
Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Geosciences and Environment orientation Environmental Studies, 2nd part (2018 ->) ›› M7b - Environmental studies III - Socio-political issuesCompulsory3.00
Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Geosciences and Environment orientation Geography, 2nd part (2017 ->) ›› M4 - Integrative geographyCompulsory3.00
Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Geosciences and Environment orientation Geography, 2nd part (2018 ->) ›› M4 - Integrative geographyCompulsory3.00
Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Geosciences and Environment orientation Geography, 2nd part (2017 ->) ›› M5 - Integrative geographyCompulsory3.00
Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Geosciences and Environment orientation Geography, 2nd part (2018 ->) ›› M5 - Integrative geographyCompulsory3.00
Comp 2p géographie (2013 ->) ›› Enseignements spécifiques en géographieOptional3.00
Geography, 2nd part (2014 ->) ›› M3 - Courses in human geographyOptional3.00
Geography, 2nd part (2014 ->) ›› M4 - Open-choice coursesOptional3.00
(2011 ->) ›› Niveau bachelorOptional3.00
Pr MA géographie (2006 ->) ›› Pr MA géographieOptional3.00
Pr MA géographie MADD (2020 ->) ›› M3 - Courses en human geographyOptional3.00
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