Fall 2021 - GEOG 389W D100

Nature and Society (4)

Class Number: 4310

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    AQ 3005, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Rosemary-Claire Collard
    rcollard@sfu.ca
    Office: RCB 7224
    Office Hours: Tuesdays 10am-noon (tentative)
  • Instructor:

    Liam Kennedy-Slaney
    lak9@sfu.ca
  • Prerequisites:

    At least 45 units, including GEOG 100 or REM 100.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

Examines the relationship between nature and society, covering the dominant geographical approaches to human-environment interaction, and their social, spatial, and political economic effects. Writing.

COURSE DETAILS:

The human-environment relationship is a high-stakes one. Humans depend inescapably on ecological systems, but economies today grow by degrading these ecologies. From escalating extinction levels to climate change, humans – some more than others – are modifying environments at a rapid pace with devastating consequences for many species’ lives and ways of living. Humans, too, bear these consequences – but not equally. For a long time, some people have profited from ecological change while others have lost out. As a result, the relationships between society and nature, or humans and the world beyond humans, are sites of intense political struggle. To explore these relationships and struggles, in this course we draw on geographical and critical approaches, including political ecology, environmental justice, and Indigenous and ecofeminist thought. Through academic and popular readings, writing-focused assignments, lectures, films, and class discussion, the course stages conversation between students and 1) cultural commentaries on nature-society relations, 2) academic ideas about ecological issues, and 3) people struggling to institute more equitable relations with nature. Students will thus refine their ability to contribute to public debate over key nature-related issues, and to make connections between these issues by situating them in shared systems and histories.

*There will be no tutorials during the first week of class

Grading

  • 3 Reading/film response essays 30%
  • Midterm exam 25%
  • Position paper 25%
  • Tutorial attendance, preparation/questions and participation 20%

NOTES:

Evaluation (tentative)

Grading scale

A+       90-100
A         85-89
A-        80-84 
B+       76-79
B         72-75
B-        68-71
C+       64-67
C         60-63  
C-        55-59
D         50-54
F          0-49

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

No required course textbook


Registrar Notes:

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