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Course Description

The LSA Honors Program invites applications to teach Honors Core 230: “Violent Environments: Oil, Development, and the Discourse of Power” beginning January 1, 2021.
This course examines violence and its relationship to oil as a non-renewable natural resource. The course will focus on the close examination and comparison of discourses and practices concerned with resource extraction, resource distribution, energy security, and ‘modernity’ in the United States, North America, Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. Emphasis will be on case studies on oil as a non-renewable natural resource and how its extraction has contributed to reshaping livelihoods, energy security and creating spaces of violence as well as the possibilities for ‘development’. The course investigates how oil explorations in postcolonial states have given rise to projects of ‘nation building’, state-making and challenges of governance that continue to confront and reshape the idea of what constitutes the ‘nation’. We will focus on how abundant oil resources have changed the ‘face’ of the state and its people bringing about discourses of power, culture, energy security, and modernity. We will also focus on how extraction of oil constantly produces violence and challenges to state power over its control. We will investigate how such conflicts, sometimes violent, have and continue to redefine state, multinational corporations, and communal production of power in resource extractive enclaves around the world. At the end, we will ask "what if there is no oil"?

The lecture for this course will be fully compatible with remote online learning. The lecture and discussion sections for this course will require synchronous participation. The format for the discussion sections will be hybrid allowing for some in-person meetings.


As part of the Honors Core Curriculum, this course introduces first- and second-year Honors students to the fields, questions and meta-questions, and methodologies of the Social Sciences. This course is a discussion section of a large lecture course and the GSI will work closely with the course's faculty instructor to achieve the teaching and learning outcomes of the course. GSIs in the Honors Core are expected to participate in occasional events for Core courses.
The GSI appointed to this position is expected to attend all lectures and all of her/his assigned discussion sections; be at lectures on time; attend and be prepared for weekly planning meetings (complete the readings and have plans/ideas for how to run discussion sections); and complete tasks assigned by the instructor on time. The GSI must provide feedback to students. The GSI is responsible for keeping attendance records, grading assignments, and computing final grades. The GSI must post regular weekly office hours.
Effort for each section is 25%; the GSI will teach two discussion sections for a 50% appointment. Position is pending enrollment demand.

Required Qualifications*

Good standing in a Ph.D. program in a relevant department.

Desired Qualifications*

Candidacy in a Ph.D. program in a relevant department; experience teaching introductory social science courses at UM or other college or university.

Contact Information

Inquiries may be made to Lisa Broome ( Associate Director, LSA Honors Program.

Decision Making Process

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. Postion may be filled before application deadline.

Selection Process

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. Postion may be filled before application deadline.

GEO Contract Information

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This position, as posted, is subject to a collective bargaining agreement between the Regents of the University of Michigan and the Graduate Employees' Organization, American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO 3550.

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