The unprecedented rate of energy consumption and natural resource extraction invite a discussion on the contested politics of extraction and the ecology of natural wealth in the global economy. This seminar examines the assemblages of actors, institutions and infrastructures relevant to the global production of energy and mining. Drawing from readings in anthropology, political ecology and political geography, the course is focused on the cultural and human significance of resource extraction and energy production alongside the following themes: commoditization of nature, environmental politics and indigenous rights, mining corporations and extractive industries, materiality and energy infrastructures, and the commodity chain of minerals, metals and hydrocarbons.