301. Ecological Issues. (lecture only: 3; lecture and discussion: 4). (NS).
This is a 3 or 4 credit non-laboratory course offered for undergraduates throughout the University. It has no prerequisites, nor is it required for admission into more advanced courses. It is designed to appeal to students with widely varying interests. The intent is to provide the student with a general background for improved understanding of the complex nature of natural resource problems and the difficulty of arriving at totally acceptable solutions through the decision- making processes characteristic of a democracy. Emphasis is placed on the necessity for multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to matters concerning the allocation of natural resources and the quality of our environment. Attention will be given not only to ecological aspects, but to economic, legal, political, sociological, and psychological ramifications of the problems as well. There will be three lectures weekly for each student. Recitation sections are scheduled once a week for every student taking the course for 4 credits. The recitation sections will be used for discussion of issues raised in the lectures and to supplement the lectures with debates, film and slide presentations, group projects, book reports, etc. Each student will write a term paper of about ten pages or become involved with a term project dealing with a topic of the individual student's choice relating to the environment. This flexibility allows a student to dig deeply into some course topic of interest.
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