Spring 2009

Gender and the Environment


Manuela Picq (Section 01)


This interdisciplinary course lies at the intersection of gender and environmental studies. Exploring different regions of the world from Latin America to South East Asia, we will study the impact of environmental degradation on women's security, dealing with such themes as access to water, resource governance, and how access to resources such as firewood, food, and property affect education and health. The course also explores political ecology and diverging discourses on conservation and resource management by analyzing the engendering of international norms and practices in the U.N. system and beyond. Last, the course looks at the securitization of gender in global politics, pointing to the central role of women's agency in promoting environmental security and peace-making. Limited to 20 students. Spring semester. Visiting Assistant Professor Picq.