2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
    
    Apr 17, 2021  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog

IDCE 30154 - Mega Development: Exploring The Nexus Between Natural Resource Extraction, Infrastructure Development and Environment


Across the planet, countries, led by the G-20, promote multi-billion dollar investments in natural resource extraction and large-scale infrastructure development, including: mines, oil and gas fields, hydroelectric power plants, dams, multi-modal transport systems, pipelines and port facilities. Increasing investment in natural resource extraction and infrastructure development is regularly promoted as a pathway to economic growth in the global south. However, investment in mega-projects is often accompanied by corruption, increased inequality, environmental harm and human rights violations. In this seminar, students will conduct research on specific mega-projects and initiatives to understand the socio-political and economic dynamics that drive them, explore the synergistic relationship between investments in infrastructure and extraction, the emergence of socio-environmental conflict linked mega-projects, and learn of the initiatives of business, government and civil society actors to reduce negative impacts pursue alternative, more sustainable forms of development.  

Concentrations:

Gender and Identity - Conservation and Development

Prerequisites:  IDCE 360  Development Theory and/or equivalent level coursework and by permission of instructor.

Anticipated Terms Offered: Bi-annually