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Geography Knows No Boundaries

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?

Sample Syllabus

Upcoming Events

Feb 23 | 3:00PM | Judy Carney, UCLA
Mar 2 | 3:00PM | Rebecca Torres, University of Texas
Mar 21 | 9:30AM | Faculty/Staff Meeting
Mar 23 | 8:00AM | Race, Place and Justice
Mar 30 | 3:00PM | Greg Pope, Montclair State
Apr 18 | 9:30AM | Faculty/Staff Meeting

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Piscataway, NJ 08854-8045
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