University of Toronto
Department of Geography and Planning
GGR438H  |  Environment and Development  |
 Fall 2017
Professor Alana Boland
Thursday, 6-9
email: boland  'at'
office: Sidney Smith 5006
DESCRIPTION (tentative):
Examines the implications of development as an economic and social project for how the environment is used, by whom, and to what ends. Draws on literatures in political ecology and critical development geography. Topics include: interpretations of scarcity and degradation, questions of consumption, and the greening of development. Examines expansion of and struggles over new forms of green infrastructure in urban and rural settings.

NOTE: This course will be run as a seminar and will require students to complete readings and written assignments on a weekly basis. The first assignment will be due in Week #2. I assume all students will attend Week #1 (even if you are not yet enrolled but hope to get in the class, i.e., on the waiting list). This first session will be important for you to learn about the format, expectations and concepts we'll be engaging in the course.  For 2017, the first class meets on Thursday, September 7.

Weekly 1-page responses, cumulative, based on top three grades (20%)
In-class midterm (15%)
Essay (10-12 pages) [idea statement & outline – 15%, essay – 20%, re-write – 15%]
Class contributions (15%) [Includes '3 questions' assignments and contribution to classroom discussions, large and small group]

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Last update: July 6,  2017