This course explores the emergence and development of an important subfield of geography known as political ecology. This field adopts an approach to environmental problems that is centered on several inter-related questions:
Where do humans fit in ecological analysis? How are ecological problems framed and represented in popular discourse? What sorts of assumptions underlie such representations, and how do these ideas shape the politics of ecological management? Who are the principle beneficiaries and victims of environmental change? How do policies designed to address ecological concerns affect How should we interpret the patterns of ownership, access and control pertaining to specific natural resources? What moral, political and practical issues are raised by taking different approaches to environmental degradation, biodiversity conservation, and other contemporary resource management issues? What new challenges are emerging on the political ecological landscape?