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Introduction to Political Ecology: Case Studies from the Middle East

Dr. Miri Lavi-Neeman
Arava Institute

As a theoretical tool-kit and set of empirical case-studies, the field of Political Ecology is
extremely broad and varied. This course traces some origins and current formulations of
political ecology as an approach to studying environmental change and the relations
between society and the environment in general; it also evaluates the power of political
ecology to explain and analyze historical and current conflicts and processes involving
Israelis, Palestinians, and others in the Middle East. Using a combination of case studies
and theoretical works, we will explore a range of environmental issues including: control
over land, parks and protected areas, forestation, settlement, water, and environmental
movements. We will follow case studies and research projects from the Middle East, and in
particular within Israel and the Palestine, but also from other parts of the world.

To access the full syllabus, please click on the PDF version of the Introduction to Political Ecology syllabus.

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