Five College Consortium

AFRICA AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Semester: 
Spring
Year: 
2018
Subject Name: 
Anthropology
Course Number: 
229
Institution: 
Smith College
In Western discourses, African environments are defined by violence, famine, and degradation—symptoms of African cultures that resist Western values such as private property, democracy, and environmentalism. This course encourages students to think critically about such portrayals by learning about specific environments in Africa and how humans have interacted with them across time. The syllabus is anchored in cultural anthropology, but includes units on human evolution, the origins and spread of pastoralism, the history of colonial conservation science, and more. Topics covered include gender, race, land grabbing, indigenous knowledge, the commons, the “cattle complex,” desertification, oil, dams, and nationalism.
Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
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Schedule #: 
30267-S18

Course Sections

AFRICA AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0 Colin Hoag choag@smith.edu MW 02:40-04:00 SEELYE 211