Subject: Political Studies
Credit units: 3
Offered: Either Term 1 or Term 2
Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
College: Arts and Science
Department: Political Studies


The world-wide hunger for resources has spurred an explosion in extractive industry development, particularly in mining, oil and gas. This in turn has given rise to wide-spread conflicts between the resource industry and the groups and communities detrimentally affected by it. In many contexts, anti-extractive mobilization is spearheaded by Indigenous groups on whose territories a disproportionately large number of such operations are occurring. Focusing primarily on large scale metal mining, this course will examine the factors giving rise to the global expansion in resource extraction, and the political, social and economic effects of this development on, and the responses of, stakeholders at the local, national and international levels.

Prerequisite(s): 12 credit units of POLS and/or IS; or 36 credit units at the university level, including at least 6 credit units of ANTH, ENG, HIST, INDG, IS, POLS, RLST, SOC, or WGST
Note: Students with credit for POLS 398.3 Resource Extraction Resistance and Sustainable Development may not be able to take this course for credit.

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