AFR 231
The African Anthropocene Fall 2019
Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed STS 231 / AFR 231 / ENVI 231

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Despite its low contributions to global carbon emissions, the continent of Africa is predicted to experience some of the worst effects of climate change. This interdisciplinary course investigates the causes and consequences of this troubling contradiction. It positions the African continent as an important site for understanding how legacies of empire, racial and gendered inequality, resource extraction, and capital accumulation impact contemporary global environmental politics. Students will engage theoretical texts, reports from international organizations, films, poetry, novels, and web-based content. Topics include: humanism/post-humanism; migration and displacement; representations of conflict; and sustainable development.
The Class: Format: seminar; non-traditional technologies: web-streams; social media (Tumblr/Twitter)
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 1427
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: assignments include: short written commentaries, current event analysis, presentations, and a final analytical essay
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Environmental Studies majors and concentrators; juniors and seniors
Distributions: Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
STS 231 Division II AFR 231 Division II ENVI 231 Division II
DPE Notes: The African Anthropocene" considers inequity in environmental politics from the vantage of the African continent. Through selected readings and classroom discussions students will tackle questions of power, racial and gendered difference, empire, and economic stratification. The course contributes to the DPE requirement by helping students to develop skills to better analyze abiding challenges in global society.

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