SOSANT2510 – Environmental Anthropology
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
What characterizes our relationship to “nature” and the living world? How do people think and act in response to environmental change? What injustices and inequalities underlie dominant discourses and practices involving nature? What thoughts and practices surrounding nature shapes the world as it is today? And how do changing environments affect the ways we think about ourselves?
This course is an introduction to some of the central themes in environmental anthropology as well as an exploration of some recent anthropological analyses of global environmental change. Drawing on a range of ethnographic studies the course provides perspectives on topics such as:
- How peoples’ understanding of the environment can be related to identity.
- How nature—animals, plants and landscapes—can become sites of contestation and conflict.
- How the environment can be a meeting point between different knowledge traditions.
- How current environmental changes can be understood as a complex and unpredictable outcome of several processes of humans-environment relations.
- How both slow and sudden environmental crises may affect how we think about the future and what it means to be human.
- Knowledge of environmental issues and anthropological approaches to studying these
- Knowledge of anthropological approaches to global environmental change
- Understanding of the social and historical processes that underlie and contribute to global environmental change
- Knowledge of the multitude of existing discourses of nature
- The ability to critically analyse arguments and statements
- The ability to set forth theoretical arguments based on case studies
- Present an analytic argument in a written paper
- Achieve independent academic thought
- The ability to construct and express analytical arguments both verbally and in the written form
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5 credits overlap with SOSANT4505 – Environmental Anthropology, Honours
The course is made up of a series of lectures.
Students are graded on the basis of a take-home exam. The exam paper must be minimum 2 900 words and maximum 4 400 words including cover page and foot- or endnotes.
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Language of examination
The examination text is given in English.You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
Explanations and appeals
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Withdrawal from an examination
It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.
Special examination arrangements
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The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.