Patrick John Christie
Considers theories and controversies of environmental degradation in the tropics, ecological and social case studies of Central American rain forests and Southeast Asian coral reefs, and implications of environmental management techniques. Offered: jointly with ENVIR 433/SMA 433.
It is widely known that many complex, valuable tropical ecosystems are under enormous pressure, but the social and ecological conditions driving this degradation are poorly understood and widely debated. Is it primarily poverty or over consumption that is driving the process? The consequences for both the developing and developed world are becoming increasingly apparent. This course will be a multidisciplinary (social and natural science) exploration into the root causes and consequences of environmental degradation in the tropical world, including: 1) an introduction to the debate, 2) an exploration of rain forest and coral reef case studies, 3) an examination of controversial issues, and 4) a look at some environmental management techniques.
Meets I&S/NW and Writing credit requirements.
Student learning goals
Improved understanding of root causes for environmental degradation in the tropics
Improved understanding of controversies surrounding these root causes and management strategies
Improved understanding of relevant ecological and social conditions associated with tropical rain forests and coral reefs
Improved understanding of synthetic, multidisciplinary descriptions of environmental degradation
Improved understanding of our personal roles in environmental degradation
General method of instruction
Lectures, discussion, role play.
Class assignments and grading
Research project and term paper, quizzes.
Quality and timeliness of work, constructive participation in discussion.