- Liberal Arts, College of
- Geography & Urban Studies
Political ecology is an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to the study of human-nature relations. This course examines resource use, the construction of landscapes, questions of structure-agency, and definitions of “nature” and “development.” We study cases at a variety of spatial scales and settings, and include examples from industrialized countries as well as non- industrialized regions. Topics are diverse, ranging from subsistence fishing to access to green spaces in cities. The critical roles of the state, non-governmental organizations, and individual actors in shaping social, political, and economic landscapes are considered.