Course code EDS130

EDS130 Introduction to Political Ecology

Check for course changes due to the coronavirus outbreak on Canvas and StudentWeb.

Norsk emneinformasjon

Search for other courses here

Showing course contents for the educational year starting in 2020 .

Course responsible: Tor-Arve Benjaminsen
Teachers: Lars Kåre Grimsby, 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:
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. 
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:
Two lectures/seminars per week throughout the spring semester.  
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:
- 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).  
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