EDS130 Introduction to Political Ecology
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Course responsible: Tor-Arve Benjaminsen, Melanie Sommerville
Teachers: Lars Kåre Grimsby
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Landscape and Society
Teaching language: EN
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This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: 2013V
Students accepted into B-IEDS.
The course takes place in the spring semester. The first part of the course focuses on theoretical issues and approaches relating to political ecology (population and scarcity, markets and commodities, institutions and the commons, environmental ethics, risks and hazards, political economy, and social constructions of nature). Thereafter, the lectures will present case studies to highlight some of the theoretical issues. In addition, there will be seminars that further explore relevant topics and themes within political ecology.
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.
Two lectures/seminars per week throughout the spring semester.
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.
- Participation in classes and seminars - Quiz - Take-home test - Take-home essay
There will be two submissions that each will count 50% of the final grade. The first is a take-home test where students answer 4 out of 6 possible questions. In the last week of the course, the students will work on the final paper (5 pages).
Lectures (36 hours) and reading/writing (264 hours).
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
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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: Combined assessment: A - E / F