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Бакалаврская программа «Социология и социальная информатика»

Anthropology of Sustainability and Development

2022/2023
Учебный год
ENG
Обучение ведется на английском языке
5
Кредиты
Статус:
Курс по выбору
Когда читается:
4-й курс, 1, 2 модуль

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Course Syllabus

Abstract

In 2015, the United Nations adopted 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) following the publication of «Limits to Growth» (1972) and the Brundtland Report (1987). The aims declared were to reduce poverty and hunger, achieve gender equality, respond to urgent climate changes, support efforts to follow for responsible production and consumption. SDGs are ambitious and demand for persons who seek to develop insights into development issues to acquire suitable interdisciplinary skills. Drawing on interdisciplinary disciplines such as environmental and economic anthropology, and political and cultural ecology, the module initially introduces the basics of anthropology as discipline, then glances over anthropological look at history of sustainability and development. Anthropocene serves the conceptual frameworks to address the cultural, economic and environmental sustainability where the risk, vulnerability and resilience act as important variables to shed new light on controversial meanings of poverty and different inequalities (gender, health, refugee-migration), viewed through the prism of humanitarianism, disaster and crisis. A key focus of the module is to understand how different sustainability factors (climate change, shortage of water and food, deforestation, desertification, biodiversity loss, etc.) threatening poverty and different inequalities influence the implementation of development projects. Particularly, lecture on Caspian Environment Programme (CEP) sets the scene for a broader discussion of the work of development actors. The module questions why development projects often failed to be implemented worldwide. Topics to be covered in the course: • General Introduction to Anthropology • Introduction to Anthropology of sustainability and development • Anthropocene as the conceptual paradigm • Risk, vulnerability and resilience • Humanitarianism and disaster capitalism: projects in sustainable development • Сlimate change, shortage of water and food, deforestation, desertification • Refugees and migration caused by natural disasters (i.e., climate change, deforestation, desertification) • Poverty and «the poor» • Gender inequality • Disease and health