20129_GGR345H5F_LEC0101 - GGR345H5 Environmental Issues in...

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GGR345H5: Environmental Issues in the Developing World University of Toronto Syllabus Fall 2012 Instructor information Instructor: Gabriela Sauter Email: [email protected] Office Hours: Monday 14:00 (2pm) or by appointment Office: Davis Building Room 3261 Office Phone Number: 905-569-4761 Lecture information Dates: Monday 16:00-18:00 (4pm-6pm) Location: New Instructional Centre (IB) Room# 345 Tutorial information: Dates: Thursdays at 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00 or 13:00 Location: New Instructional Centre Room #370 (11:00, 12:00 and 13:00) and Room #379 (9:00 and 10:00) TAs: ***TBA Office Hours: Thursdays, hour: ***TBA Office: ***TBA Course Description Social, economic and political change, often through the influence (or under the guise of) development, is strongly related to ecological processes. This course offers an introduction to core discussions and debates at the intersec- tion of the environment and development. It provides students with analytical tools to engage critically with ques- tions about environmental change and also, the position of development. Why are some people considered developed while others aren’t? Where did the idea of sustai nable development come from and are we getting there? What causes environmental problems in the developing world? What is the relationship between poverty and the environment? What are connections between the environment in the developed and developing world? Through lectures, tutorial discussions, readings, videos and tests/examinations students will gain an understanding of the environmental issues that are created as development proceeds with a focus on the relationship between ecological change and socioeconomic processes. Course Goals One of the primary objectives of the course is to help students develop a critical approach toward understanding the relationship between the environment and development. Specific course goals include: An understanding of issues at the intersection of the environment and development, at multiple scales and from different political and economic perspectives An understanding of ethical issues in debates about the environment and development An ability to articulate environmental issues, e.g. climate change, using analytical tools, e.g. political ecology to draw connections to broader concepts in development, e.g. colonialism Synthesizing information from interdisciplinary sources to form and support analyses The development of skills in communicating ideas clearly in written and oral forms The development of academic reading skills The development of an attitude of inquiry and self-reflection Apply advanced academic skills including active listening, reading, note taking, studying, and test taking. Course Structure Classes will consist of a combination of lectures and videos. In addition, there will be weekly tutorials where stu- dents will discuss themes from readings and assignment with classmates and a teaching assistant. The tutorials
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2 also reserve time for work in groups for the written group assignment. Students are expected to attend all lec- tures and tutorials. Early on in the course, there will be a reading test in the
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