This course considers historical and contemporary issues in relation to environment and development in Africa South of the Sahara from social science and humanities perspectives. Pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial contexts are explored through topics such as parks and wildlife, resource conflicts, land, oil, minerals, water, forests, agriculture and food security, energy and climate change.
The course will be run as a seminar. Class members are expected to make active contributions to the learning process through various activities every week. Grades are awarded on the basis of attendance, preparation, and quality of in-class contributions, as well as the quality of written work. The instructor will lecture occasionally to provide background and context.