This course addresses human-environment relations in Latin America from the standpoint of environmental history and ethnographic case studies in the region. Issues such as biodiversity, land use and agriculture, transnational flows of natural and food resources, ethnoecology, and social mobilization around environmental issues are examined using theoretical perspectives from cultural and political ecology. Particular attention is given to the relationship between indigenous peoples and the environment and to alternative models of "development" in Mesoamerica, the Andes, and Brazil.
Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Liberal Studies distribution requirement.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies Social Science distribution requirement.
(Not offered 2014-2015; offered alternating years.)