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14.11.2019 at 09:00 - 4.12.2019 at 23:59

Timetable

Description

The course is compulsory for students of the Bachelor’s Programme in Society and Change. A limited number of students from other, applicable bachelor’s programmes will be accepted.

After completing the course, students will perceive social environmental questions as a sphere of operations of several active parties and social levels. They will be able to analyse environmental questions as issues connected with both material resources and symbolic semantic systems. Students will also be able to generate novel approaches and alternative perspectives for diversely perceiving and analysing, as well as sustainably managing, future environmental issues.

Period 1

The course helps students in perceiving social environmental questions as spheres of material control, social construction and political debate, all restricted to a certain extent by biophysical factors. The course is focused on social environmental issues, particularly in the Global South. The course examines the interrelations of environment, society and politics as questions of using, accessing, controlling and managing natural resources, with interconnected materialistic premises, social conditions and cultural meanings given to the environment. The course is built around varying topical themes, including climate, water issues, conservation, land investment, mining, fair trade, environmental vulnerability, corporate environmental responsibility, environmental justice and environmental movements.

Literature required for the book examination:

· Scoones, Ian 2015. Sustainable Livelihoods and Rural Development. Fernwood Publishing Company.

· Moore, Jason 2015. Capitalism in the Web of Life: Ecology and the Accumulation of Capital. Verso Books.

· Edelman, Marc and Borras Saturnino M., Jr. 2016. Political Dynamics of Transnational Agrarian Movements.

Supplementary reading for contact and online teaching:

· Selected scientific articles related to the topic published in e-journals

· Scoones, Ian 2015. Sustainable Livelihoods and Rural Development. Fernwood Publishing Company.

· Moore, Jason 2015. Capitalism in the Web of Life: Ecology and the Accumulation of Capital. Verso Books.

· Edelman, Marc and Borras Saturnino M., Jr. 2016. Political Dynamics of Transnational Agrarian Movements.

· Malm, Andreas 2016. Fossil Capital: The Rise of Steam Power and the Roots of Global Warming. Verso Books.

· Miller, Swan William 2007. An Environmental History of Latin America. Cambridge University Press.

· Wohlleben, Peter 2016. The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World. Penguin Books.

· Bernstein, Henry 2010. Class Dynamics of Agrarian Change. Kumarian Press.

· Kröger, Markus 2013. Contentious Agency and Natural Resource Politics. Routledge.

· Steinberg, P.F. and VanDeveer, S.D. (eds) 2012. Comparative Environmental Politics: Theory, Practice, and Prospects. MIT Press.

· Kirsch, Stuart 2013. Mining Capitalism: The Relationship between Corporations and Their Critics. Berkeley: University of California Press.

· Carter, Miguel (ed.) 2015. Challenging Social Inequality: The Landless Rural Worker’s Movement and Agrarian Reform in Brazil. Duke University Press.

Rajak, Dinah 2011. In Good Company: An Anatomy of Corporate Social Responsibility. Stanford University Press.

Graded on a scale of 0 to 5. All completed components will be taken into account in assessment, while self-assessment is promoted.

Instructions for examinations

  • Faculty examinations are held in Porthania (Yliopistonkatu 3).
  • Faculty examinations begin at 9.00. Students must arrive by 9.30 and may leave no earlier than 9.30.
  • Students may take only writing utensils with them to their seats (no bags etc.). No programmable calculators or dictionaries are allowed.
  • Mobile phones must be switched off.
  • Examination answers must be returned to the invigilator in the examination envelope.
  • Students must provide proof of identity when submitting their answers.

a) The course is implemented as contact and/or online teaching, including literature and assignments (students of the Bachelor’s Programme in Society and Change).

b) A book examination

Annual completion methods will be specified in the teaching programme.