Environmental Anthropology

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Environmental Anthropology

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Anthropology, Environmental Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

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  • Overview

    Course Description
    Students explore issues relating to the way people know, interact with and care about their environment and the politics of human-environment relationships.
    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1. Communicate effectively on the main topics raised in the course;
    2. Have an understanding of environmental anthropology and how it can be used as a tool to critically explore issues involving human-environment relations;
    3. To understand how and why global and local processes merge to affect local actors? interactions with the environment, including their political, sociocultural and economic dimensions;
    4. To critically question broader assumptions and representations of ?nature and society? and, in particular, how these understandings inform environmental management, disputes and political debates.
    5. To understand and appreciate human-environment relations, and how these relations and concomitant meanings shape local struggles in important and sometimes inequitable ways.
    Class Contact
    2 Lecture hours, 1 Tutorial hour
    Research Paper
    Type: Essay
    Learning Objectives Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Due Date: Mid-Late Semester
    Weight: 30%
    Task Description:
    I. Summary:
    Your research paper has a limit of 2500 words (not counting your bibliography). You are to take one ethnographic example of an aspect of a coupled human and natural system that has not explicitly been described in the course and use two theories from the course to analyze it. You can choose a contemporary or past example. It is important to provide 4 references that ethnographically describe the case study that you are using that are not from the course reading or lectures and 3 references for each of the theories that you are using to discuss it that can be from the class. Thus you will have a total of 10 references for your paper. This assignment is to improve your independent research and writing skills. A separate list of instructions will be uploaded to blackboard with information on formatting and citation styles.
    II. Outline: this is a rough outline of the way that you should organise your research paper
    Introduction of the paper: 1 paragraph
    Description of the case study / ethnographic example: 500 words
    Analysis using theory 1 of human eviro interaction: 500 words
    Analysis using theory 2 of human enviro interaction: 500 words
    Comparison of two theories: 500 words
    III. Referencing:
    Follow the referencing and citation format explained in the School of Social Science?s Assignment Writing Guide. This Style Guide is available on 1) Blackboard for this course (in Learning Resources); and also 2) on the School of Social Science website (http://www.socialscience.uq.edu.au/ ? Current Students ? Resources ? Assignment Writing guide).
    For the required referencing system, follow the examples set out on pages 33 ? 39 of the Assignment Writing Guide (e.g. bibliographic referencing for books, journals, collected works, newspapers, electronic media, video sources etc.). The Student Assignment Writing Guide also has a detailed section on citation which explains the required style for this course (see pages 24 -32).
    Tutorial Participation
    Type: Tutorial Participation
    Learning Objectives Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Due Date: Early Semester
    Weight: 15%
    Task Description: You will be asked to do two main taskes in tutorial: 1) a material culture project and presentation and 2) leading discussions with your assigned group.
    Mid-Semester Exam
    Type: Mid-Semester Exam
    Learning Objectives Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Due Date: 15 Apr 15
    Weight: 20%
    Task Description: You will have an in-class mid-semester examination comprised of 30 multiple choice with the possibility of short answer questions (depending on available teaching resources).
    Type: Exam - during Exam Period (Central)
    Learning Objectives Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Due Date: Examination Period
    Weight: 35%
    Reading: 0 minutes
    Duration: 120 minutes
    Format: Multiple-choice, Short answer, Short essay
    Task Description: This exam will cover the entire course but the majority of the questions will focus on the second half of the class (after the mid-semester).

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