Power and Environment: Sustainability Tangled up with Gender, Race and Coloniality 

LAS 6938
Section SP01, Class #30216

Times: 9:35am- 12:35pm
Location: Grinter 376

Course description

How does power work in and through ecosystems, bodies, and knowledges? Participants work with basic tools of sustainability science: ecological footprint; consumption diaries; supply chain analysis; material flows quantifications; and assessment of embodied matter, energy, and labor. They examine gender, racialization, and coloniality in environmental governance systems and in scientific theory and methods. Intersectional analysis is used, for example, to differentiate hegemonic masculine actors developing technologies to exploit nature from subordinate masculine actors laboring in extractive industries that degrade their bodies and ecosystems. Anti-racist studies and decolonial feminisms help to illuminate the power of hierarchical binaries (e.g., human over nature, man over woman, white over non-white, western science over traditional ecological knowledge) that continue to underpin much research and practice in sustainable development. Buen Vivir, degrowth, and feminist theories of care shed light on approaches to regenerating healthy socio-ecosystems.
This course counts toward Graduate Certificate in Latin American Studies, as a Conceptual Core course in Tropical Conservation and Development, and as approved elective for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies programs.  Interdisciplinary Ecology students may petition for this course to fulfill Sustainability Science or Social Science requirements. 


Susan Paulson smallSusan Paulson
Center for Latin American Studies
301 Grinter Hall
P.O. Box 115530
Gainesville, FL 32611-5530
E-mail: spaulson@latam.ufl.edu
Tel: 352-273-4730
Fax: 352-392-7682

Research Interests
Political ecology, gender/class/race/ethnicity, research methodologies, sustainability science, degrowth

Geographic Expertise
The Andes, Atlantic Forest of Brazil, Comparative Latin America