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PREREQUISITE: 3 COURSES IN SOCIOLOGY INCLUDING SOC-UA 1, SOC-UA 2 OR SOC-UA 3 OR PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR. SAME AS LWSOC-UA 936.

Oil is central to modern life. Transportation, urbanization, technological change, commodities. Or, consider global climate change, economic instability, wars. Think of people’s lived experiences and what’s impacting the planet. Petroleum encompasses naturally-occurring crude oil and refined petroleum products. It has unrivalled global importance and multi-dimensional connections to our daily lives, helping define the relationships between people and their lived environments. This course unravels petroleum’s place in human societies, particularly in political economy, urban development, and environmental issues, with an eye on how social movements – from No Dakota Access Pipeline to Gilets Jaunes – challenge petroleum-related policies. To do so, we examine case studies and cross-national comparisons, traversing Southern California and the Gulf South Coast, through Latin America and the Middle East. Students develop their analytical skills and comparative knowledge while tackling the question: how will modern human life proceed when a finite and unsustainable resource fuels our interconnected social systems?

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Term

Section

Instructor

Schedule

Location

Fall 2019

1
Tyson Patros
T: 6:20 PM - 9:00 PM 20CS 4CONF

Spring 2020

1
Steven Lukes
W: 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM 295L 4130