Power and Environment

LAS 6938
Section 2288
Class 23930

Days: Wednesdays
Times: 11:45 am - 2:45 pm
Location: Grinter 376

Course description

This political ecology course brings together natural and social scientists and practitioners to ask: How does power work in and through ecosystems, earth systems, cities, bodies, and science itself? Attention is drawn to material and energy use, environmental justice, and contested understandings of human and other nature. Approaches include conservation and development, resilience science, ecological economics, degrowth, and environmental justice in Latin America. Our multiscale frame locates Latin American cases in comparative and global analysis. As course participants critically analyze diverse approaches to conservation and development, they also work toward building positive alternatives. Materials include UNEP Making Peace with Nature (2021), IPCC Reports, The Environmental Justice Atlas, IPBES Global assessment report on biodiversity and ecosystem services (2019), The EcoModernist Manifesto (2015), and Pope Francis’ Encyclical on Care for Our Common Home (2015). This course counts toward Graduate Certificates in Latin American Studies and in Tropical Conservation and Development.


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