- You explain, analyse and discuss aspects of the thematic of the diverse human-nature relationships worldwide, including the complex and changing perception and definition of the more-than-human world.
- You develop your own critical viewpoints on contemporary dilemmas regarding the ways we as humans live with nature, in relation to concrete events, cases and situations in the social world.
- You communicate a thorough understanding of contemporary dilemmas regarding human-nature relationships, both orally and in writing.
The growing diversity, scale and frequency of human-nature interactions result in greater pressure on human-nature relationships, as can be seen in the mounting problems related to global warming and loss of biodiversity worldwide. This affects social and ecological resilience across the globe, i.e. the capacity of societies and ecosystems to absorb shocks, adapt and restore an effective equilibrium. Indeed, in today’s world we witness an acceleration of ruptures that succeed each other, which urges us to rethink and reformulate how we, as humans, live with nature, and how we frame and govern accompanying socio-ecological processes.
In this course we study the ways humans – individually and collectively – perceive and define nature and how the human position and roles are shaped vis-à-vis natural processes. In a series of interactive seminars (including guest lectures) we will discuss a plethora of human-nature interactions, which, by definition, also implicates a focus on configurations of socio-political and economic inequality, access to land and resources, and conflicting understandings of custodianship and land management between state, citizens, civil society and private sector organisations within and across state boundaries.
This course offers the thematic starting point for your own research project.
|This course is open to Master students from other programs, pending approval by the course coordinator. Please email the course coordinator for more information.