NTRES 4320 - Human Dimensions of Coupled Social - Ecological Systems

Spring. 3 credits. Student option grading.

Prerequisite: at least one course that applies a social science perspective to the study of natural resources/environment (examples include: NTRES 2201 , NTRES 2320 , NTRES 3311 , NTRES 3320 , NTRES 4300 , AEM 2500 , GDEV 3240 , COMM 2850 ), or permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to: seniors.


Most environmental problems are complex, multi-scalar (in time and space), and bring together social-economic and ecological systems. Responding to these problems requires both disciplinary expertise and the ability to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries. This course is taught as a 'senior seminar' with strong emphasis on application of theory/method to current cases that integrate ecological and social sciences. Students (1) become familiar with the language and theory of coupled social-ecological systems thinking; (2) gain exposure to social science methods, including hypothesis development, research evaluation, and causal inference; (3) apply the above to the analysis of multiple environmental issues; and (4) as a result, become familiar with the process of integrative research.

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