ESP 605: Social Aspects Conservatn & Developmt

2009-08-11 -

Maximum increased. 7/7/09 – Maximum decreased. Waiting list option unavailable until August 14 or later.


63939 (for web registration)




Tania Schusler






Fall 2009

Meeting Schedule:

Thursdays 9/3 - 12/10 (8:00AM-10:59AM)


Competency Area: Civic Ecology
Restricted to all ES students who entered SP09 & FA09 and CB students who entered FA08 from July 15 – August 13; open to all ES students on August 14.

This course begins with the premise that effective conservation practice requires integrating ecological and human dimensions. The course draws on the fields of sociology, anthropology, political science, and international development to introduce students to theory, research, and practice in the human dimensions of conservation. Topics include: community-based conservation; sustainable development; institutions and governance; stakeholder involvement; common property resources and co-management; social learning; participation and power; local, practical, and indigenous knowledge; and the integration of science and democracy. U.S. and international case studies are used to illustrate and critique theoretical concepts. Students also develop skills in social science methods through a joint research project. This course focuses on interactions between social groups at various scales (e.g., communities, NGOs, the state, multilateral institutions). To become familiar with cognitive and behavioral processes at the individual level, students are encouraged to take