This course explores the political, economic, and social role that oil plays in Alberta. The historical role of oil in Alberta’s development will be traced. Specifically examined are concepts of the petro-state, booms and busts, royalties, the social and political consequences of oil dependency, and the transition away from a petro-economy.
Trevor W. Harrison is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Lethbridge and Associate Director of the Prentice Institute for Economy and Population. He is also Director of Parkland Institute, an Alberta-wide research organization located on the U of A campus. Dr. Harrison is best known for his studies in political sociology, political economy, and public policy. He is the author, co-author, or co-editor of nine books, numerous journal articles, chapters, and reports, and is a frequent contributor to public media, including radio and television.