Environmental Anthropology (Graduate)

Our human development at all scales—individual, cultural, psychological, or biological—occurs in an environmental context.  Understanding the complex interrelationships within the human-environment nexus is thus essential for framing all processes of human development.  Anthropology has a long tradition of understanding and explaining culture and culture change within its environmental context.  This course traces and explores that history.  Today perhaps ecological (environmental) anthropology is more relevant than ever.  Environmental problems such as global climate change are thrusting human-environmental issues to the front pages of newspapers around the world.  Environmental anthropology today is one of the fastest growing subfields of anthropology for the very reason that anthropologists have much to contribute to environmental debates.  Current environmental anthropology is nuanced, sophisticated, and composed of multiple viewpoints.  This course seeks to expose the students to many of these major new developments, and to link and compare them to the earlier traditions.