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  • Locations: Virtual, International
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: Non-IILE applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2022 01/21/2022
Rolling Admission 01/31/2022 05/17/2022

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Program Description:
This course examines the history, politics, and geography of common property institutions in cross-cultural perspective. Adopting a theoretical framework that incorporates cosmology, ecology, economy, and political organization (Cosmos, Oikos, and Polis), we contrast and compare studies of property and territoriality among human societies of the Paleolithic, Neolithic, and historical periods. Within the broad scope of the latter period, we analyze breaks and continuities in the institutional construction of property and ownership associated with the pre-imperial, imperial, colonial, and post-colonial eras. Unifying themes include sacred space and the sacralization of forests, water bodies, and ecosystems as common carbon and hydrological properties; private property, identity, mass consumption, and personhood in contemporary societies; the persistence of the nation, territoriality, and military-economic competition; and the search for new cultural foundations in the development of multiple, plural, interactive, and socially just commons in a period of complex and overlapping planetary climate emergencies. Our collaboration in the study of common pool resources includes active participation in the OSUN Open Society Climate Network and its project on Decision Theater for Sustainable Mobility.

Course Days and Times
Monday and Wednesday, 08:30-09:55 (New York Time). 14:30-15:55 (Vienna Time).

Christoper Reed Coggins

Course Level

3 US / 6 ECTS

OSUN Partner Offering Course
Bard College at Simon's Rock (SRC)


This program is currently not accepting applications.