University of Sussex Business School

Environmental Anthropology (L6066D)

Environmental Anthropology

Module L6066D

Module details for 2022/23.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

This module considers the cross-cultural study of relations between people and their environments. Like the focus of many environmental movements, much recent work in ecological anthropology has been crisis-driven, but whilst covering this literature the focus will be broader, taking a wider perspective including the context in which the research itself is being done. Current work on the human dimensions of deforestation, or global climate change, for example, can be informed and strengthened by an understanding of the century-old intellectual lineage of the underlying issues. The module will therefore cover the evolution of environmental anthropology, using ethnographic exemplars that relate to contemporary environmental issues, whilst at the same time probing debates such as (a) the Nature-Culture trap and beyond; (b) humanity and animality, (c) the nature (ontology) of nature, including anthropologies of air, earths, fire and water, (d) historical and anthropological challenges to equilibrial ecological reasoning, (d) anthropologies of climate and climate change.

Assessement: 7,000 word dissertation.

Dissertation (7000 words)Semester 2 Assessment100.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

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