EDS330 Political Ecology
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Course responsible: Tor-Arve Benjaminsen
Teachers: Melanie Erin Sommerville, Erik Nicolas Gomez Baggethun, William Derman
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Landscape and Society
Teaching language: EN
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This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel, .
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2007-2008
M-IES and M-IDS.
Political ecology originated in the 1970s, but its real expansion occurred in the 1980s and 90s. Today, political ecology is a leading source of innovative research on issues linked to poverty and the environment. The framework of the analysis in political ecology is centred on the idea of a politicised environment. It explores the main actors involved in this management and their interests, aims, norms and narratives. This again leads into an investigation of power and power relations in environmental management. Lectures and discussions will deal with topics such as the the theoretical roots and history of political ecology, discourse and narrative analysis, global environmental change, land reform, and community-based conservation and its critique.
The chief aim of this course is to strengthen the students´ interdisciplinary understanding by exposing the students to the different theoretical trends in the emerging field of political ecology and to empirical studies on resource and environmental management that are based on political ecological approaches. The course will investigate the links between local, national, and global levels of environmental management. It will further seek to develop students' capacity for critical thinking.
Two-hour lectures twice a week. In addition, there will be some seminars led by students
The responsible teacher is available for support and additional explanations in his office.
Text Book: Paul Robbins. 2019. Political Ecology: A Critical Introduction. Oxford UK: Blackwell Publishing. ISBN 1-4051-0266-7 (pbk), I tillegg til en samling artikler. Tor A. Benjaminsen & Hanne Svarstad. 2021. Political Ecology: A Critical Engagement with Global Environmental Issues. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-3-030-56035-5
EDS305, EDS101 and EDS 130
All students must participate in a presentation of a group assignment at the group seminars. Students must attend at least 80% of the seminars. It is also compulsory to participate in the individual feedback on the first term paper.
The exam is only done in English. Two individual assignments of five pages each (counts 50%), plus the final oral exam. Oral counts about 50% of the total grade. Results on the assignments will be available in Canvas two to three weeks after submission. The student must pass each of the three examination activities to pass the course.
Lectures (30 hours), group seminars (10 hours), and reading/writing (210 hours); 250 hours student work in all.
Relevant Bachelor degree or equivalent
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There will totally be approximately 30 hours of lectures. In addition, there will be 10 hours group seminars.
The target group for this course is students of environmental sciences who are interested in policy issues as well as students of development studies interested in environmental issues.
An external examiner will read a sample of the term papers to check the grading done by the teacher. The examiner will also participate in the oral exam.
Examination details: Comined assessment: Letter grades