GEOG 095A ~ Development, Displacement and Environment
CRN: 93230

What's so natural about "natural disasters"? How do we understand the interactions between our built environments, our societies, and our ecologies? This course introduces students to the idea of "development" as a global phenomenon and ideology and the social and ecological impacts of these processes. In particular we will look at the ways in which different people --especially marginalized and indigenous communities-- have been displaced from their homes, livelihoods, and cultures, for the purposes of development. Using the framework of social and environmental justice, we will examine both how the displacements are justified and the various ways in which local communities resist these global processes. Examples in this survey of global environmental politics will include urbanization, mining, logging, tourism, nature conservation, dams, and oil development.

Requirements Satisfied: one Social Science course
Meets: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:55pm-2:45pm
Contact: 802-656-5717,

Pablo Bose: Assistant Professor of Geography, has been displaced several times in the last few years, from Canada's West Coast to India's East Coast, and from Toronto, Delhi and Mumbai, and finds himself enjoying life in Burlington. He has an interdisciplinary background with interests in cultural studies, politics, postcolonial theory, anti-racist and labour organizing, arts, and the environment. His current research projects in Vermont explore the experience of settlement, integration, and acculturation amongst refugees and immigrants from various parts of the globe settling in Chittenden County. He is particularly interested in the ways in which civic engagement, local participation, and sustainability can be strengthened within such communities.