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.
Format: seminar; non-traditional technologies, web-streams, social media (Tumblr/Twitter)
Grading: no pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
assignments include: short written commentaries, current event analysis, presentations, and a final analytical essay
Environmental Studies majors and concentrators; juniors and seniors
Difference, Power, and Equity
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
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.