- To learn, understand and apply theoretical approaches and concepts related to the complex notion of sustainability (cognitive aspects).
- To analyse both academic and societal debates, in order to develop a sound critical and scientific position of one’s own (analytical aspects).
- Learn to write following academic conventions and conduct a literature analysis.
- Learn to design and conduct a short research project and report on research findings in a scientifically sound way (argumentation, organization, analysis).
- Learn to relate theoretical questions to contemporary societal debates about sustainability.
Sustainability has become a vantage point for addressing, debating, and negotiating multiple challenges of the contemporary world, such as climate change, environmental pollution or inequalities. This course will unpack ‘sustainability’ as a contested terrain where scientific expertise, political agendas and mobilisations, and the everyday confront each other on multiple levels. The key topics covered in this module focus on waste and value, global/local food regimes, the social aspects of infrastructures, contestations around fossil and renewable energy, and the politics of sustainability. To address these topics, we will primarily draw on ethnographic material to make us aware how the discourses on sustainability shape and are shaped by different actors in the context of everyday life. |
This course will develop students’ awareness of the strengths and limitations of anthropological perspectives on sustainability, and more generally how these influence larger debates on the anthropological study of economy, politics, environmentalism, globalisation, and citizenship. The course will combine lectures, section meetings, excursions and practical assignments to equip students with analytical vocabulary and skills to critically engage with the burning issues of sustainability in the contemporary world.
Schedule: Mondaymorning and Wednesdaymorning.