Anthropology 24, Section 2

Archaeology and Anthropology of the Environment (1 unit, P/NP)

Professor Junko Habu
Monday 10:00-11:00, 180 Barrows Hall, Class number: 41123

This course provides an overview of recent discussions on long-term sustainability of human-environmental interaction in the fields of archaeology, ecological anthropology and related disciplines. The theoretical foundation of this course is that of historical ecology, which conducts comprehensive research into long-term and short-term cultural change while emphasizing the impact of human actions on the environment. Key aspects of human cultures and societies that will be discussed in this course include 1) food and subsistence diversity, 2) networks (including the mobility of people, goods and information), 3) local autonomy and sovereignty, 4) rituals, traditional ecological knowledge and indigenous rights, and 5) implications of technological developments. The importance of the initiatives of local stakeholders will also be emphasized.

Instructor Bio

2010-present Professor, Dept, of Anthropology, UC Berkeley.
2002-2010 Associate Professor, Dept. of Anthropology, UC Berkeley.
1996-2002 Assistant Professor, Dept. of Anthropology, UC Berkeley.
1996 Ph.D. (Anthropology), McGill University
1994-1995 Faculty Lecturer, Dept. of Anthropology, McGill University.
1984-1988 Full-time Research Associate, Faculty of Science, Univ. of Tokyo.
1984 MA (Archaeology), Keio University, Tokyo.
1982 BA (Archaeology), Keio University, Tokyo

Faculty web site:


Students who are interested in human-environmental interactions in both the past and present, those who are interested in local and global environmental issues, are particularly encouraged to take this course. For more information about my current research, please see my website: <br> Please also see the website of my recent project in Kyoto: