Fall 2017

Environmental Anthropology

Listed in: Anthropology and Sociology, as ANTH-235


Caterina Scaramelli (Section 01)


This course deals with the relationships, ones of mutual transformation, between humans and their natural environments.  Drawing from archeological studies of past societies and from sociocultural studies of contemporary ones, we will consider how humans have engaged with their natural worlds throughout history, probe non-Western environmental epistemologies, examine discourses and processes of sustainability and collapse, explore the cultural (re)creation of nature, and consider the larger political and economic projects, including capitalist markets and property rights, in which much of current environmentalism is embedded.  Most generally, the course will reveal the diverse ways in which people have shaped and been shaped by their physical worlds and how anthropology can clarify pressing, contemporary environmental issues.

Limited to 30 students.  Fall semester.  Visiting Professor Scaramelli.


If Overenrolled: Preference given to majors and then first and second year students


Attention to Issues of Class, Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Issues of Race, Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2016, Fall 2017