Course code EDS130

EDS130 Introduction to Political Ecology

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Teachers: Eva Dögg Davidsdottir
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Landscape and Society
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: 2013V
Preferential right:
Students accepted into B-IEDS.
Course contents:
In the January block, there will first be 8 lectures focusing on theoretical issues (population and scarcity, markets and commodities, institutions and the commons, environmental ethics, risks and hazards, political economy, and social constructions of nature). Thereafter, there will be 6 lectures presenting case studies to highlight some of the theoretical issues. The case studies will focus on carbon dioxide, trees, wolves, tuna, bottled water, and French fries. After the January block, there will be two further weeks with a total of four lectures before the last week of the course is devoted to the writing of the final term paper.
Learning outcome:
The main aim of this course is to give students a first introduction to the field of political ecology and thereby to strengthen their interdisciplinary understanding and their ability to critically analyse environment and development problems.
Learning activities:
There will be 14 lectures given through the three weeks of the January block. Thereafter there will be 4 lectures given during the subsequent two weeks.
Teaching support:
The responsible teacher is available for support and additional explanations in his office.
Paul Robbins, John Hintz, and Sarah A. Moore. Second edition, 2014. Environment and Society. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
A test will be given in the second week of the course that needs to be passed in order for students to be allowed to continue the course
There will first be a compulsory test in the second week that must be passed. Thereafter there will be be a take-home test in the third week with questions to be answered. In the last week of the course, the students will work on the final paper (5 pages). The first test only gives a pass/fail, while each of the two submissions will count 50 % of the total grade. Exam in ENGLISH ONLY.
Nominal workload:
Lectures (36 hours) and reading/writing (264 hours).
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
There will be 36 hours of lectures (18 lectures).
An external examiner will approve the evaluation method and read a sample of papers.
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått