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Fall Academic Term 2003 Course Guide

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Courses in RC Environmental Studies


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Fall Academic Term, 2003 (September 2 - December 19)



ENVRNSTD 251 / RCNSCI 250. Ecology, Development, and Conservation in Latin America.

Section 001 — ECOLOGY, CONSERVATION, AND DEVELOPMENT IN THE NEW WORLD TROPICS.

Instructor(s): Iñigo Granzow-de La Cerda (inyigo@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Reading and listening proficiency in Spanish; high school biology or environmental science. (4). (NS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/fall/rcnsci/250/001.nsf

See RC Natural Science 250.001.

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ENVRNSTD 270 / ENVIRON 270 / NRE 270. Our Common Future: Ecology, Economics & Ethics of Sustainable Development.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Ivette Perfecto (perfecto@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/fall/nre/270/001.nsf

An interdisciplinary foundation of the concepts and strategies of sustainability from an ecological, economic, and sociopolitical perspective. The quest for sustainable development is the most critical, yet challenging, issue of our times. Defining what sustainable development is and how it ought to be accomplished is profoundly influencing government, academics, business, science, and people's culture and livelihoods at the local, national, and global scale. The disciplines of ecology, economics, sociology, and politics are experiencing major paradigm shifts that seek to re-address our proper role and influence on the planet and its resources.

  • Is knowledge (traditional, scientific, and/or technical) relevant for addressing issues of sustainability?
  • Can more accurate pricing, accounting, and open markets redress environmental degradation and resource depletion?
  • What are we sustaining? For whom? For how long?
  • Who are the "stakeholders"?
  • Are sustainability and economic growth incompatible? Is a new global ethic essential?

Through readings, discussions, and assignments, we will explore the discourse, perspectives, methodologies, and limitations of interrelated disciplines — all essential for charting a new common future. Full (book) case studies in environmental and natural resource issues from three major professional perspectives are presented as real working examples of how environmental policies and outcomes are shaped in practice. The aim is to foster critical thinking and to evaluate what we all can contribute to the pursuit of a sustainable biosphere.

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