LAMS 1102: Trouble in Paradise: Environmental Issues in Latin America

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Course Format Lecture 4.0 h + Seminar 0.0 h + Lab. 0.0 h
Credits 3.0

Course Description

This course will look at environmental problems and solutions in Latin America. Topics covered include: development policies, urbanization, industrialization, and resource extraction. The goal is to understand the nature and scope of the environmental crisis facing the region. Emphasis will be placed on the many Latin American social movements that are addressing the crisis. We will look at examples of communities working on agroecology, urban farming, food sovereignty, mounting resistance to mega-projects (drilling, mining, logging etc.) and those working with international NGOs to conserve fragile ecosystems like that of the Amazon, as well as those movements building alternative development models, such as producer co-ops, farmers' markets, fair trade and eco-tourism initiatives.

Prerequisite(s): LAMS 1100 is recommended.

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