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Course module: 201800038
Anthropology and Sustainability: Contemporary Fault Lines
Course infoSchedule
Course code201800038
ECTS Credits7.5
Category / Level2 (Bachelor Elaborating)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Social Sciences; Undergraduate School Sociale Wetenschappen; Cultural Anthropolgy;
Contact personSecretariaat CA
Telephone+31 30 2532111
Contactperson for the course
D. Henig
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D. Henig
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N. Wiegink
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Teaching period
3  (08/02/2021 to 23/04/2021)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slotA: MON-morning, TUE-afternoon, WED-morning
Study mode
Enrolment periodfrom 02/11/2020 up to and including 29/11/2020
Course application processOsiris
Enrolling through OSIRISYes
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Waiting listNo
Course placement processniet van toepassing
  • 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.

Entry requirements
Required materials
To be announced
To be announced
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Instructional formats


General remarks
Zie cursushandleiding op Blackboard.
Hoorcolleges vergezeld van beeldmateriaal de vorm van films en/of documentaires
Aanwezigheidsplicht bij hoorcolleges en werkcolleges.

Class session preparation
Van de student wordt verwacht dat hij/zij zich maximaal inspant bij het voorbereiden op de colleges betreffende literatuur leest en zo nodig samenvat.

Office hour

Small-group session

General remarks
Voor contacturen zie cursushandleiding in Blackboard. Aanwezigheidsplicht bij hoorcolleges en werkcolleges.

Class session preparation
Van de student wordt verwacht dat hij/zij zich maximaal inspant bij het voorbereiden en het uitvoeren van de werkgroep opdrachten en actief deelneemt aan het werk en de discussies tijdens de werkgroep.

Test weight40
Minimum grade5.5

Take-home prelim
Test weight40
Minimum grade5.5

moral balancing assignment
Test weight20
Minimum grade-

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