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April 14, 2022


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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.

Course learning outcomes

After 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
  • Recognise 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.

Course Curriculum

  • Introduction 00:10:00
  • Learning outcomes 00:07:00
  • Analytical concepts used in this course 00:15:00
    • Securing food, sharing land 00:10:00
    • The global demand for agricultural land 00:15:00
    • Land acquisitions in Africa 00:03:00
    • Senegal and land acquisition/land grab 00:25:00
    • Power, agency and property rights 00:20:00
    • Pressures on the land 00:03:00
    • Discourses and land grabs 00:15:00
    • Land acquisition or land grab? 00:20:00
    • Conclusion 00:10:00

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