ENVS 361: The Politics of Ecology: Applying Ecological Science to Environmental Concerns Report a Broken Link

Environmental Studies 361 The Politics of Ecology: Applying Ecological Science to Environmental Concerns is a senior level undergraduate course designed to acquaint students with ecological theory and how it treats environmental issues such as species extinction, deforestation, and global climate change.

Unit 1: Introduction

Required Readings

Unit 2: Intellectual Toolkit

Required Readings
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Unit 3: The History of Ecological Models, Part I

Required Readings

Unit 4: The History of Ecological Models, Part II

Required Readings
Readings Needed for Assignment 1 (Critical Analysis)

Unit 5: History of Ecological Models, Part III

Required Readings

Unit 6: History of Ecological Models Part IV

Required Readings

Unit 7: Politics, Ethics, and Social Production of Nature

Required Readings

Unit 8: Case Studies of Environmental Problems, Part I

Required Readings

Unit 9: Case Studies of Environmental Problems, Part II

Required Readings

All Units: Supplementary Readings

For those without a background in science, in the social sciences, or in environmental studies, the following titles in each of the three categories may be of help in understanding terms and concepts in the course. If you need more information on ecology, you may wish to search for other material and talk to your tutor.


Begon, M., Harper, J. L., & Townsend, C. R. (1990). Ecology: Individuals, Populations and Communities. Boston: Blackwell Scientific.
Bramwell, A. (1989). Ecology in the 20th Century: A History. London: Yale University Press.
Egerton, F. N. (1977). History of American Ecology. New York: Arno Press.
Forman, R. T. T. (1995). Land Mosaics: The Ecology of Landscapes and Regions. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Golley, F. B. (1993). A History of the Ecosystem Concept in Ecology: More Than the Sum of the Parts. London: Yale University Press.
Hagen, J. B. (1992). An Entangled Bank: The Origins of Ecosystem Ecology. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press.
Kingsland, S. E. (1985). Modelling Nature: Episodes in the History of Population Ecology. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
McIntosh, R. P. (1975). H. A. Gleason—“individualistic ecologist” 1882-1975: His contributions to ecological theory. Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club, 102(5), pp. 253-273.
Mitman, G. (1992). The State of Nature: Ecology, Community, and American Social Thought, 1900-1950. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Odum, E. P. (1983). Basic Ecology. Philadelphia: Saunders College Publishing.
Odum, E. P. (1993). Ecology and Our Endangered Life-Support Systems. Sunderland, Massachusetts: Sinauer Associates.
Prigogine, I. (1996). The End of Certainty: Time, Chaos, and the New Laws of Nature. New York: The Free Press.
Turchin, Peter (1993). Chaos and stability in rodent population dynamics: Evidence from non-linear time-series analysis. Oikos 68(1), 167-172.
Worster, D. (1996). Nature’s Economy: A History of Ecological Ideas. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Wu, Jianguo and Li, Harbin (2006). Chapter 2: Concepts of scale and scaling. In Wu, J.; Li, H.; and Loucks, O. L. (Eds.) Scaling and Uncertainty in Ecology: Methods and Applications, 17-44. Dordrecht: Springer.

Social Science

Haila, Y. (1998). Political undercurrents of modern ecology. Science as Culture, 7(4), 465-491.
Latour, B. (1999). Pandora’s Hope: Essays on the Reality of Science Studies. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
Demeritt, D. (1998). Science, social constructivism and nature. In Braun, B. and Castree, N. (Eds.) Remaking Reality: Nature at the Millenium, London: Routledge, pp.173-193.

Environmental Studies

Bocking, S. (Ed.) (2000). Biodiversity in Canada: Ecology, Ideas, and Action. Peterborough, ON: Broadview Press.
Knudtson, P., & Suzuki, D. (1992). Wisdom of the Elders: Native and Scientific Ways of Knowing about Nature. New York: Bantam Books.
McKenzie, J. I. (2002). Environmental Politics in Canada: Managing the Commons Into the Twenty-First Century. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press.
Peet, R., & Watts, M. (Eds.) (2004). Liberation Ecologies: Environment, Development, Social Movements, 2nd Ed. London: Routledge.
Suzuki, D. (2003). The David Suzuki Reader: A Lifetime of Ideas from a Leading Activist and Thinker. Vancouver: Greystone Books.
Suzuki, D. (1997). The Sacred Balance: Rediscovering Our Place in Nature. Vancouver: Greystone Books.
Worster, D. (1993). The Wealth of Nature: Environmental History and Ecological Imagination. New York: Oxford University Press.