This course addresses human-environment relations in Latin America from the standpoint of environmental history and ethnographic case studies in the region. Issues such as biodiversity, land use and agriculture, transnational flows of natural and food resources, ethnoecology, and social mobilization around environmental issues are grounded in theoretical perspectives from cultural and political ecology. Particular attention is given to the relationship between indigenous peoples and the environment and to alternative models of "development" in Mesoamerica, the Andes, and Brazil.
Satisfies a major requirement in Anthropology, Latin American Studies and Environmental Studies
Satisfies a minor requirement in Anthropology
Satisfies a concentration requirement in Environmental Studies
Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Liberal Studies distribution requirement
Students entering before 2012: satisfies Social Science distribution requirement