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Take Ethics and Resource Extraction this Fall!

Ethics and Resource Extraction

From climate change and the Anthropocene to resource conflicts and environmental justice, natural resource extraction shapes social, political and ecological relations to planetary effect. Focused on the Americas, Ethics and Resource Extraction explores resource extraction, ethics and religion in order to enrich deliberations about action in a resource economy. While climate change analysis foregrounds sky, weather and carbon counting, it de-centers the particular identities, lands, bodies and traditions that assemble in extractive spaces. This course complements climate change analysis by giving students the theoretical, conceptual and historical tools to describe and act in a world ordered around the extraction, production and consumption of natural resources, including fossil fuels. Scholars increasingly argue that a resource economy and its effects are more than technical matters demanding technological and policy solutions alone. They also touch on deeply held convictions about the human in relation to the earth, the relation between being and becoming, conceptions of nature and materiality, the nature of moral and political agency, the forces at work in history, and the ways human knowledges of the world condition action in the world. Students will first engage history, theory and theology to think about resource extraction’s ontological and epistemological aspects. With the help of case studies from North and South America, students will then think ethically toward effective action.

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