Course code EDS130

EDS130 Introduction to Political Ecology

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Course responsible: Tor-Arve Benjaminsen, Elizabeth Ann Mac Afee, Melanie Erin Sommerville
Teachers: Lars Kåre Grimsby, Tor-Arve Benjaminsen
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: Study year 2013-2014
Preferential right:
Students accepted into B-IEDS.
Course contents:
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 of particular environmental issues and resources to highlight some of the theoretical issues. In addition, there will be student-led seminars that further explore relevant topics and themes within political ecology. 
Learning outcome:
The main aim of this course is to introduce students 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 their office. 
Paul Robbins, John Hintz, & Sarah A. Moore. 2014. Environment and society: a critical introduction. (Second edition). Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:

- Participation in classes 

- Take-home assignment 

- Take-home essay 

- In class presentation and delivery of a seminar


There will be two submissions that each will count 40% of the final grade and an in-class seminar that will count for 20% of the final grade. The first submission is a take-home test where students answer 4 out of 6 possible questions (1 page per answer). The in class seminar involves students working in small groups to create and deliver a presentation to their fellow students. In the last week of the course, the students will work on the final paper (5 pages).

Graded A-F

Nominal workload:
Lectures (38 hours) and own study -reading/writing (212 hours). Total: 250 hours
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
There will be 19 double lectures, 38 hours of lectures/seminars in total.
An external examiner will approve the evaluation method and read a sample of papers.
Examination details: Combined assessment: Letter grades