The Environment and Society in Africa|
Fall 2017 not offered
|Course Cluster: African Studies, African Studies Minor|
Resources from the African environment loom large in the histories of colonialism on the continent and contemporary international political relationships from cash crops to diamonds, uranium, and oil. This course will introduce students to the complex historical relationships between humans and the environment in Africa from the precolonial era to the postcolonial period. The continent is marked by incredible ecological and social diversity, and there is no one narrative or interpretation of environmental history in Africa. We will emphasize human responses to changing landscapes and the social management of resources. Some of the topics discussed will include precolonial perceptions of the environment; agriculture, food, and the global economy; disease and ecological transformation; the impacts of colonialism; and conservation, development, and social justice. We will end the course with a discussion of contemporary environmental issues in Africa.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Jonathan Adams and Thomas McShane, THE MYTH OF WILD AFRICA: CONSERVATION WITHOUT ILLUSION
James McCann, GREEN LAND, BROWN LAND: AN ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY OF AFRICA, 1800-1990
Judith A. Carney and Richard Nicholas Rosomoff, IN THE SHADOW OF SLAVERY: AFRICA'S BOTANICAL LEGACY IN THE ATLANTIC WORLD
Allen Isaacman and Barbara Isaacman, DAMS, DISPLACMENT, AND THE DELUSION OF DEVELOPMENT: CAHORA BASSA AND ITS LEGACIES IN MOZAMBIQUE, 1965-2007
Additional Readings TO BE ANNOUNCED
|Examination and Assignments: |
1 Map/Concept Exam, 3 Reading Response Papers, 1 Original Socio-Environmental Map, 1 Final Paper or Project
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
THIS SECTION IS A FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR (FYS) CLASS.