Course lecturers: Dr. Fabio de Castro
Tel./mail 020 525 3257 / Period: 10 January – 28 February 2018
Time: Wednesday 13:00 – 16:00 hours
Course load: 6 EC

MA 3. Communities and Nature in Latin America

Local communities and nature have always influenced each other in how social and environmental patterns are shaped in rural Latin America. After the European colonization, community-nature nexus has become increasingly influenced by external factors.

This course aims at introducing part of the diversity of natural resource use and management patterns in Latin America. Particular focus will be given to how local users shape their resource governance systems and how they are influenced by other actors (e.g., state, NGOs, experts, corporations). The course will have an interdisciplinary perspective and will address multiple concepts, methods and policy issues related to research and practice of community-based management systems in the region. The lectures will primarily focus on rural communities but will include urban-related initiatives. Although the readings will emphasize Latin America, conceptual and methodological discussions are related to other regions as well. I expect you to leave this course with a general understanding of key issues characterizing local management systems in Latin America, to be able to address processes of transformation of those systems both theoretically and methodologically, and to relate them to environmental, economic and social implications in the region.

Form of instruction and assessment

The course is based on lectures and class discussions. For each class, you are expected to read 3-4 articles and be prepared to actively participate in the discussions. The course is assessed on the basis on individual assignments and a final paper (ca. 5000 words).

The literature will consist of a reader of articles and book chapters (about 60 pages to study per meeting). In addition, an extra literature (approx. 300pp) must be individually selected for the final paper. Below is a small sample of the required literature.
Zapata, P. and Campos, M.J.Z. 2015. Producing, appropriating and recreating the myth of the urban commons, pp. 92-108. In C. Borch and M. Kornberger (eds). Urban Commons: Rethinking the City. Routledge
Misoczky, M.C. 2011. World visions in dispute in contemporary Latin America: Development x harmonic life. Organization 18(3):345-63
Castro, F. 2016. Local politics of the floodplain tenure in the Amazon. International Journal of the Commons 10(1): 1-20.
Koning, J. 2014. Unpredictable outcomes in forestry: Governance institutions in practice. Society and Natural Resources 27(4):1-14.
Rodrigues de Francisco, J.C. and Boelens, R. 2014. Payment for Environmental Services and power in the Chamachán watershed, Ecuador. Human Organization 73(4): 351-62.
Ruiz-Ballesteros, E. and Brondizio, E.S. 2013. Building negotiated agreement: The emergence of community-based tourism in Floreana (Galápagos Islands). Human Organization 72(4):323-35.

Registration and Participation

UvA Students
Students registered at the University of Amsterdam can register for the CEDLA courses through SIS.

Students registered at other Dutch universities
BA students that are registered at another Dutch university can register as a guest student Spanish Language and Culture (‘bijvakstudent Spaanse Taal en Cultuur’) at the University of Amsterdam in Studielink.

MA students that are registered at another Dutch university can register through our digital registration form.

Persons who are interested in our courses, but are not registered as students at a university, may participate in some courses under certain provisions. Those interested, should provide the secretariat with some information on their background, their background knowledge and their special interest in taking the course. Non-students can register for the courses through our digital registration form

The cost of a CEDLA Bachelor course is €40.00 per credit, the Master courses cost €60.00 per credit. The amount due should be transferred to IBAN number NL51INGB0004990722, and made payable to Centrum voor studie en documentatie van Latijns Amerika, Amsterdam. Please make sure you also give your name and the title of the selected course with your payment transfer.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the CEDLA secretariat. We are open on weekdays from 9.00 to 17.00 hours.

Telephone: +31 20 525 3498

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