Global Political Ecology

Schools of Public Engagement: Global Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Global Political Ecology

Fall 2020

Taught By: Leonardo Figueroa Helland

Section: AX

CRN: 7657

Credits: 4

This course will focus on contemporary global crises at the intersection of politics and the environment. We will examine how these crises raise questions of power, resistance, sustainability, justice and systemic change in a planet increasingly disrupted by the “Anthropocene”—a geological epoch dominated by human civilization. Following an overview of the field of global studies as it relates to political ecology we will analyze how human civilization and non-human nature have shaped each other through complex dynamics often marked by deeply unequal and intersecting power relations which have resulted in a contemporary convergence of global crises that crosses and connects multiple fields, including: climate and biodiversity, economics and development, food and water, health and population dynamics (e.g., rapid urbanization and migration), as well as governance and security. We will draw on diverse critical approaches to political ecology (such as world-systems ecology, eco-Marxism, eco-feminism, indigenous and decolonial perspectives, social ecology, complex systems ecologism, posthumanism, and eco-ability) to examine the roots of these crises and how to address them through alternatives that provide multifaceted solutions through just and sustainable transitions. We will also critically examine the highly varied responses taken by politically hegemonic and counter-hegemonic actors to such crises, and the different paradigms, policies and actions they have proposed or implemented. Students will undertake field research with specific actors and organizations focused on such political environmental challenges.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Global Studies (UGLB)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 4

Add/Drop Deadline: September 14, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 22, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:56am 4/5/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 9:00am - 11:40am

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 8/31/2020 - 12/14/2020