RCNSCI 250 - Ecology, Development, and Conservation in Latin America
Section: 001
Term: FA 2007
Subject: RC Natural Sciences (RCNSCI)
Department: LSA Residential College
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
BS, NS
Advisory Prerequisites:
Reading and listening proficiency in Spanish; high school biology or environmental science.
BS:
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

The course explores the interactions between ecological conservation and development, their constraints, history, and the effects of the South-North unbalance on the environment in Third World Latin American countries in a globalized international arena. Basic concepts in ecological theory, ecosystem dynamics, biogeography, tropical ecology, biodiversity, and conservation biology constitute a significant component of the course, as a basis for further understanding of conservation and environmental issues in this tropical region. We take a close look at the links between environmental problems and the underlying socio-economic issues, cutting across topics on health, economics, social justice, agricultural practices, and conservation of ecosystems. We analyze the role of the different environmental and socio-political actors in conservation and development, mainly regarding agricultural practices and policies and their role in biodiversity conservation, as well as that of international trade. We particularly focus on the ecological consequences of agricultural biotechnology and global change. Additionally, visits to Matthaei Botanical Garden and the Nichols Arboretum (required) will be scheduled during one or more weekends.

The class is entirely taught in Spanish, including all lectures, discussions, student essays, final research papers, and most of the required readings, which will be provided as a coursepack and in CTools.

RCNSCI 250 - Ecology, Development, and Conservation in Latin America
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