Environmental Anthropology is the study of applied action and/or advocacy research to address practical environmental problems, and concerns. The course will emphasize how anthropologists work and the students will also learn the use of anthropology in handling some of these issues and therefore application will frame much on class discussions.


Course Outline:

Relationship between environment, culture and society. Goals and expectations. Scope and application. Conceptualizing environment. Tripartite nature of environment. Understanding the environment-human relationship. Chronological. Perspective of human-environment evolution. Contemporary environmental status. Consumption, globalization and environmental issues. Science and the globalization of environmental discourse. The Ecology of global consumer culture. Ecotourism’s impact on the environment. Contemporary environmental issues and debate. Use of environment for vested interest, power and hegemony.

Recommended Books:

1.          Nature across cultures: Views of nature and the environment in non- western cultures. Selin,H. Ed. Kluwer Academic Publishers. 2003.

2.          Environmental Risks and the Media, Adam, Allan & Carter., Routledge, UK, 2009.

3.          The Environment in Anthropology: A Reader in Ecology, Culture, and Sustainable Living. Hannen, Nora and Wilk, R. (editors). New York: New York University Press, 2006.

4.          Environmental Anthropology: From Pigs to Policies. Townsend, P.K. Prospect Heights, IL:WavelandPress, Inc. 2005.

5.          New Directions in Anthropology and Environment: Intersections, Crumley,

C. L. (editor).Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press, 2001.