ANT464H5 • The End of Coal: An Ethnographic Approach

Description

“Coal is Dead” is a phrase often heard these days, and yet it is quite emphatically not. While coal prices are plunging, countries like China are currently building new coal plants all over Africa. Coal, in other words, is increasingly declared dead even as it is decidedly undead, raising the question of what social, political, cultural, and economic processes make this so-called transition so protracted and piece-meal. This class thus offers a social and cultural approach to the protracted energy transition, asking how the study of coal offers insight into questions of history, politics, race, class, and gender. In some years, students may additionally have the option of participating in an international learning experience during Reading Week that will have an additional cost and application process.

Prerequisites
ANT204H5 or ENV100Y5 or permission of department
International Component
International - Optional
Distribution Requirement
Social Science
Total Instructional Hours
24S
Mode of Delivery
In Class
Program Area
Anthropology