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2021-2022 Catalog

HIST 219 Political Ecology of Africa: Histories of Environment, Society and Power

What stories have people told about the African environment and what purposes have those stories served? This course studies the environmental history of Africa with reference to politics, economics, and power. How have indigenous societies interacted with their environments over time? How have colonial states, non-governmental organizations, aid and conservation agencies understood and represented the relationship between people and the environment in Africa? The course covers major themes in political ecology and critical environmental history. [GM2, SS, V]