Political ecology as sub-discipline drawing from critical social theory, political economy and ecological perspectives shades a critical light on these questions through interrogating the dominant narratives and problematising the technical view of environmental changes and problems.Political ecology insists upon bringing ‘politics’ to the centre of examing human-environment relations. Here, the relationship between power and nature are so central. This module is thus designed to expose students to, and deepen their understanding of, “political ecology” as a way of unpacking, interrogating and analyzing the interconnections between society and the environment. In this course, we examine the political and economic context, causes, and consequences of environmental changes. More broadly, a focus is placed on power relations, scale, the politics of knowledge production and political economy in order to examine environmental issues (such as overpopulation, climate change, conflict and desertification) from a critical perspective.
- Teacher: Biniam Misgun