Spring 2025

Environmental Anthropology:  Contemporary Approaches

Listed in: Anthropology and Sociology, as ANTH-216


Victoria Nguyen (Section 01)


Considering a natural world radically remade by industrialization, this course explores the shifting relationship between humans and their environment. How do different social groups imagine, identify, and experience environmental change? Why does this matter for our collective environmental futures? Integrating diverse perspectives into the historical narrative of human-environment interactions, we investigate various geological and cultural contexts, structures of inequality, and the changing relationship between “nature” and “culture.” Drawing together recent work in anthropology as well as science studies, political ecology, and critical geography, the course emphasizes how processes of power and expertise work in tandem to shape people’s claims to the environment. Ultimately, with an eye toward the slow violence of ecological catastrophe, we consider the theoretical and political implications of living within nonconsensual chemical, colonial, and capital entanglements.

Limited to 25 students.  Spring semester.  Professor Nguyen.

How to handle overenrollment: Anthropology and Sociology majors given first priority, second priority given to balancing freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: emphasis on close reading, discussion, and written assignments.

Course Materials


Other years: Offered in Spring 2025