Indigenous Peoples and the Environment (Fall 2021)

ENVIR ST/AMER IND 306
Monday/Wednesday, 2:25–3:15 p.m. + discussion section
3 credits

Instructor

Leah Horowitz
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
lhorowitz@wisc.edu

Course Description

Indigenous peoples often have very close relationships to ancestral homelands, species and natural resources. However, definitions of “indigenous” can be controversial and highly politicized. Diverse outlooks on identities, worldviews and environmental governance clarify the complex meanings of indigeneity in the United States.

This course highlights Native American perspectives, conservation practices, and policy environments through consideration of U.S. and international case studies. Native American experiences shed light on pressing issues of resource sustainability and sovereignty, and demonstrate linkages to global Indigenous environmental issues and strategies.

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Fulfills Environmental Studies

Theme

UW Designations

Ethnic Studies

Humanities or Social Science

Intermediate