April 8, 2022
This course includes:
Badge on Completion
Certificate of completion
This course, 'Land grab': an environmental issue? explores how environmental problems are entangled with economic and political issues and offers tools for making sense of the complexity that results. The case of land grab illustrates how everyday issues such as food prices are caught up in connections that link different places, different people and their livelihoods across the globe; connections that are brought to life in the course through rich audio-visual material and interactive activities.
IntroductionThe issue of wealthy investors taking control of land farmed by poor farmers clearly has political and economic implications. It is also an issue of justice. It is, perhaps, less obvious how it is an environmental issue. But, as you will discover, some of the main forces driving up farmland prices are tied to environmental challenges such as climate change, food insecurity, water shortages and the wish to diversify energy sources away from fossil fuels to biofuels. Land acquisition, or ‘land grab’ as it is often called, offers important lessons about the way that environmental problems are entangled with economic and political issues at an increasingly global scale. The issue illustrates how everyday issues such as food prices are caught up in complex connections that link different places, different people and their livelihoods across the globe. This free course, ‘Land grab’: an environmental issue? aims firstly to explore the ways in which land acquisition, or ‘land grab’ should be understood as environmental issues. Secondly, the readings, films, and activities will help you to evaluate the land acquisition/land grab debate. More specifically, you will:
- explore the relationship between land acquisition, access to food and broader processes in the global economy
- consider the relationship between economic uncertainty and environmental change
- examine how social groups may respond to environmental change and uncertainty
- appreciate how analytical concepts can be useful in making sense of the complexity of environmental issues; in this case the issues of right to land and food prices.
Learning outcomesAfter studying this course, you should be able to:
- Understand why land acquisition can be considered an environmental issue and the particular environmental challenges that it presents
- Recognize the need for an interdisciplinary approach to interpret and explain environmental issues
- Discuss the relationship between economic uncertainty and environmental change
- Appreciate the work that analytical concepts can do to make sense of complex environmental issues such as the issues of rights to land and food prices.
- Analytical concepts used in this course 00:30:00
- Securing food, sharing land 01:00:00
- The global demand for agricultural land 01:00:00
- Land acquisitions in Africa 00:30:00
- Senegal and land acquisition/land grab 01:00:00
- Discourses and land grabs 00:30:00
- Land acquisition or land grab? 01:00:00
- ‘Land grab’: an environmental issue? Test 00:40:00
About the instructor
Head of Data Science, MRehman inc.
I’m a software engineer in Pakistan, with a passion for computer science.
I earned a Master's degree in Computer Science from the University of California Santa Barbara. While attending UCSB, I began my software engineering career as a VMS Systems Programmer for General Research Corporation, holding a secret security clearance. There I became one of the divisions top programmers, updating device drivers, writing the EDX Editor which became very popular and earning steady recognition for outstanding contributions.