CenTREAD faculty offer a wide diversity of courses at the University of California Santa Cruz..
In addition, CenTREAD faculty often offer international workshops and courses related to the CenTREAD mission.

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UCSC offers many courses with relevance to tropical studies. Listed here are a selection of courses of particular interest to CenTREAD affiliates. See www.ucsc.edu for the full course catalog.

Tropical Ecology, Agriculture, and Development. ENVS 291D. A graduate seminar course on interdisciplinary studies in tropical ecosystems. Includes faculty and grad students from various departments engaged in interdisciplinary dialogue. Offerings vary according to interest, but have included producing book reviews for publication. G. Gilbert, K. Holl, or other interested faculty.

Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture.ENVS 130. Ecological concepts and principles are applied to the design and management of sustainable agroecosystems. Alternatives for agriculture are discussed in terms of ecosystem structure and function. S. Gliessman

Tropical Ecology and Conservation. ENVS 122. An introduction to the ecological processes, principles, and players of tropical ecosystems, and to conservation issues facing tropical American forests. We will look at how tropical ecosystems work, roles of humans in shaping them, and current conservation opportunities and dilemmas. G. Gilbert (Note: CenTREAD has provided funding to help present this course)

Future of the Rain Forests. ENVS 80A. A broad overview of both ecological and social aspects related to tropical rain forests drawing on case studies worldwide. Topics include the biology and distribution of rain forests, causes and effects of their destruction, and management options to facilitate their conservation. D. Letourneau, K. Holl. (Note: CenTREAD has provided funding to help present this course)

Peoples and Cultures of Africa. Anthropology 130 A. Survey of Sub-Saharan societies. Analysis of principles of social organization and factors of cultural unity of selected western, eastern, central, and southern African peoples. C. Martin Shaw

Brazil. Anthropology 130B. Examines Brazilian culture and its link to interpersonal relationships, religion, politics, and psychological experience. D. Linger

Meso-American Archaeology. Anthropology 178. Review of the archaeological and ethnohistorical evidence for the origins and development of pre-Columbian civilizations in Meso-America, including the Olmec, Maya, Zapotec, Mixtec Teotihuacan, Toltec, Tarascan, and Aztec. The Staff

Anthropology and the Environment. Anthropology 146. This class looks at a variety of anthropological approaches to studying the relationship between society and environment.  Analysis and practice are closely related; defining the causes of environmental problems requires the production of categories of nature and culture, which in turn are necessary to designing policies and politics which can remedy environmental degradation.  In the second half of the course we look at a variety of production systems, at conservation and development institutions, and at proposed solutions to environmental problems, including traditional ecological knowledge and community in conservation. Andrew Mathews

Ecology of Reefs, Mangroves, and Seagrasses. Ocean Sciences157. Integrated treatment of coral reefs, sea grasses, and mangroves emphasizing interactions and processes through time. Major topics: biological and geological history, biogeography, evolution and ecology of dominant organisms, biodiversity, community and ecosystem ecology, geology, biogeochemistry, global change, human impacts. Don Potts

Amazonia Anthropology 130 U. An introduction to the anthropology of Amazonia. Studies consider the emergence of Amazonia as a region, examining the history and politics of social transformation. H. Raffles

Origins of Farming Anthropology 173 and 273. Survey of the ecological and archaeological evidence for the origins of plant and animal domestication in Africa, Eurasia, and the Americas. Discussion will center on the preconditions of this drastic alteration in human ecology and its consequences in transforming human societies. Staff (usually Diane Gifford Gonzales)
Peoples and Cultures of Latin America LALS 80 A

Social Movements in Latin America LALS 80B Examines contemporary social movements in Latin America and examines popular responses to different forms of social exclusion and authoritarian political systems. Explores a variety of grassroots movements, their successes and setbacks, including rural uprisings, Native Nations and their descendants, women, African descendants, labor, and environmental movements. Staff

Power and Resistance in the Americas:  Cross-Border Social Movements LALS 80C Focuses on the politics of power and resistance regarding major cross-border issues facing Latin Americans and Latinos in the 21st century. Emphasizes migration and migrant organizing, neoliberal „free tradeš and implications for labor, organizing by women‚s, indigenous and ecological movements, and for democracy and human rights. Many specific cases drawn from binational Central American experiences.  S Jonas

Political Social Change in Mexico LALS 80 D This course reviews broad trends in contemporary Mexican politics against the backdrop of long-term historical, social and economic change throughout the twentieth century, analyzing how power is both wielded from above and created from below. The course covers national politics, grassroots movements for social change and democratization, environmental challenges, guerrilla movements, the media, and the politics of immigration and North American integration. J. Fox

Introduction to Latin America Development Economics LALS 122 ,Focuses on the principles and concepts of economics that are of particular relevance for analyzing and reaching policy conclusions about specific development problems in Latin America, such as poverty, inequality, unemployment and rural stagnation. Studies these problems from national and global perspectives, stressing the increasing interdependence of the world economy in areas such as food, energy, natural resources, technology, and financial flows. Combines relevant economic theory with realistic institutional analysis. Staff

Rural Mexico in Crisis LALS 140 Focuses on political, social and economic changes in rural Mexico from the 1910 revolution to the Zapatista rebellion. Emphasizes the interaction between the state, markets and rural civil society, covering agricultural policy, agrarian reform and counter-reform, grassroots development efforts, gender, ethnicity, local politics, environmental sustainability, and immigration. J. Fox

Grass Roots Social Change in Latin America LALS 145,Focuses on the analysis of collective action by underrepresented groups in rural Latin America. Concepts and issues will include: political participation and impact, gender, ethnicity and race, class, the environment, religion, non-governmental organizations, policy advocacy and social capital. Staff

Land and Pesants in Latin America LALS147,Explores current trends of peasant movements in Latin America, comparing them with past mobilizations and emphasizing the human experience of the peasantry. Concentrates on specific cases, theory and methods. Land issues, peasant women‚s experiences, rural society and the future of Latin American peasantry are discussed. Knowledge of Spanish recommended.  G. Delgado

Amazonia Societies and the Environment, LALS 167,Overview of contemporary Amazonian societies and the environment from a historical perspective. The course goes beyond the understanding of the impact of modern technology on the environment to focus on the Amazon as a long-term human construct. Staff

Economic History of Latin America. LALS 168, Sheds light on Latin America’s contemporary social and economic developments by providing an appreciation of their historical roots. Focusing on the period from independence until WWII, evaluates contesting explanations for Latin America’s relatively poor economic performance and divergent policy implications. H. Shapiro.

Latin American Indigenous Struggles LALS 170 , Focuses on the way Indians of Latin America have interacted voluntarily and involuntarily with non-indigenous cultures. Examines their perspectives, thoughts, frustrations, and successes. Addresses land issues and examines the way current indigenous cultures of Latin America face and adapt to social change. Focuses on the Andes, lowland Amazon, and Mesoamerica.
G. Delgado

Food Dependency and Hunger in Latin America. LALS 171, Critically reviews different agricultural strategies and policies such as land reform, the Green Revolution, and integrated rural development in relation to poverty, hunger, and ecological destruction. Also examines the potential of sustainable development strategies and grassroots movement for solving the problems in Latin America. Staff

Etnicidad, medio ambients y desarrollo. LALS194L, Interdisciplinary analysis of the interaction between ethnicity, tropical forest, and development policy in Latin America. Historical, anthropological, and sociological perspectives on natural resource rights and use with a focus on Afro-Latin American and indigenous peoples. Taught in Spanish. Staff

Latin American Politics Politics 140C, Introductory survey of Latin American politics. Historical and contemporary analyses of Latin American democratic, populist, authoritarian, and revolutionary regimes. Special attention to the politics of marginalization of groups such as workers, peasants, students, women and racial/ethnic minorities, S. Alvarez

Nature, Poverty, and Progress: Dilemmas of Development and Environment, Sociology 179, Concerns about environmental change, including global warming, threats to the ozone layer, and industrial pollution, raise questions about Third World development. Simple views of the relation between society and nature, such as blaming population growth, industrialization, or poor people, seem to preclude higher living standards. Uses case studies to explore more subtle and optimistic views of social-natural relations. B. Crow


Ecología de poblaciones de plantas. (Plant population ecology) Offered in Spanish at the University of Panamá by CenTREAD faculty and Fulbright Senior Scholar Ingrid Parker.