EDSD 540: Human Ecology and Sociology (3CR)

The course focuses on the ecology of human societies and the social impact of development on communities, regions and the globe. This course introduces students to the study of how human adaptations to the environment are mediated by culture. The core idea is that human relationships with the environment are inherently unstable, and that this instability can explain both sociocultural and ecological transformations. The ecology of human societies is about connections between ecological and human social, cultural, and organizational processes. Together, readings and lectures will provide you with a “big picture” of what human ecology and social impact are about from an interdisciplinary point of view. This learning process will help us generate a new appreciation for the complex world in which we live.