Examines the connections between human welfare and diverse and healthy ecosystems. Considers tensions among economic development, poverty eradication, and biodiversity conservation. Examines efforts to create sustainable development solutions to easing poverty and protecting biodiversity.
In addition to all that is described above, this course will focus on conservation and development issues in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America.
Student learning goals
Students will understand current state of human welfare and ecosystem health across the world, with an in-depth examination of trends in specific case studies.
Students will understand concepts driving current biodiversity conservation and development practice, as well as the history and critiques of such efforts.
Students will gain facility in interpreting complex matters via case study analyses.
Students may avail themselves of service learning opportunities
General method of instruction
Short lectures, small group work, online and in-class discussion. Students will be encouraged to develop either a service learning project or a group research project.
A strong interest in the subject. Students may be successful with a number of different backgrounds including global studies, conservation biology & ecology, geography, history, and other social sciences.
Class assignments and grading
Short essays, analyses of case studies, final research or service learning project