University of Toronto
Department of Geography and Planning
 
GGR223H  |  Environment, Society, and Resources  |
 Winter 2017
Professor Alana Boland
Wednesday, 2-4pm
email: boland  'at'  geog.utoronto.ca
office: Sidney Smith 5006
DESCRIPTION

This course provides an introduction to environmental geography.  It focuses on society-environment relations and different approaches to resource governance and management. This includes exploration of the spatial, social, and political economic origins and implications of humans' changing relations to nature. It draws on debates from environmental governance and political ecology literatures.  The course also investigates the ways that different actors and institutions have framed and sought solutions to environmental and resource challenges.

WEEKLY TOPICS (tentative)
Introduction: Points of departure
A problem of governance?
Political economy and the environment
Socionatures
Scalar dynamics
A question of development?
A question of change?
Case #1: The Lawn
Case #2: Water
Case #3: Garbage
Environmental work

GRADE DISTRIBUTION (tentative):
Tutorial participation ……….….….….     5%     
Term test ………………………….….…
.….    20%   
Assignment #1 …………………………….     10%   
Assignment #2 ………………………….….    10%
Assignment #3 
……………………….….    20%  
Final exam ...……………………..…………    35%     

NOTE: Normally, students will be required to submit their course essays to Turnitin.com for a review of textual similarity and detection of possible plagiarism. In doing so, students will allow their essays to be included as source documents in the Turnitin.com reference database, where they will be used solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. The terms that apply to the University's use of the Turnitin.com service are described on the Turnitin.com web site.

Last update: May 16 2016