In this course, you will learn about different environmental issues currently taking place in Asia and the world. Through discussions, in-class activities, films, writing assignments, and group work, you will study how different actors and processes shape the human-environment relationship. We will focus each class on a specific topic, such as climate change, land grabbing, and environmental activism. Using different case studies from Asia, we will ground various theories linked to environmental issues, such as political ecology and environmental justice. We will also examine the scientific, social, cultural, political, and ethical aspects of each challenge. Throughout the course, you will be encouraged to think critically and to look beyond the question of ‘how’ something is, but also ask ‘why’ something is. What creates environmental problems for people in Asia? What are the connections between environment, society, politics, and economics?