Patrick John Christie
JSIS B 433
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/SMEA 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.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading
Research project and term paper, quizzes.