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2008-2009 Courses

FALL 2008

ENVS 411/511  Environmental Justice (4 cr)
Instructor: Glasinovic
Please contact the instructor for course information.
ENVS 440/540  Environmental Aesthetics (4 cr)
Instructor: Toadvine
Explores aesthetic experience of nature through philosophical perspective; emphasizes nature and art; beauty and the sublime; embodiment, culture, and science; and ethics, conservation, and preservation.  (Fall)
ENVS 465/565  Wetland Ecology and Management (4 cr)
Instructor: Bridgham
Examines management, law, and policies related to wetlands in an ecological framework; includes wetland type definitions, classification, distribution, formation and development, and restoration.  (Fall)
ENVS 631  Environmental Studies Theory and Practice (4 cr)
Instructor: Bridgham
Introduction to various disciplinary perspectives that contribute to environmental studies, including their research methods, vocabularies, and core concepts.  (Fall)

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ENVS 425/525  Environmental Education: Theory & Practice (4 cr)
Instructor: Lynch
In-depth examination of environmental education in theory and practice. Topics include learning theories, environmental literacy, and how to successfully plan, implement and evaluate educational programs.  We will also examine how EE is practiced in Oregon, nationally and around the globe.  A major focus is the group project, in which you will work in collaboration with a community partner to help develop EE materials. (Winter)
ENVS 450/550  Political Ecology  (4 cr)
Instructor: Walker
Political ecology examines the politics (in the broadest sense of the word) of the environment.  Whereas environmental politics courses often focus on the role of government and interest groups in shaping specific environmental policies, political ecology expands our understanding of ‘politics’ to examine the roles of: 1) environmental rhetoric (‘discourse’), ideology, and knowledge; 2) politics and environmental change; 3) economic systems (including ‘globalization’); 4) gender-based dimensions of resource ownership and use; 5) and everyday struggles within communities and households (including ‘community’-based resource management) as they shape human relationships with nature. Although much of the political ecology literature comes from studies of the less-developed ‘third world,’ this course also examines the political ecology of the ‘first world.’  (Winter)
ENVS 607  Seminar:  Graduate Capstone (1 cr)
Instructors: Rudestam/Dickman
Introduction to disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to environmental studies. Development of professional and academic skills culminating in a professional research project.  R twice when topic changes for maximum of 12 credits   (Winter)
ENVS 632 Environmental Studies Research Methodology  [1-4]
Instructor: Bridgham
Identifying a clear and concise research problem, developing methodology to address that problem, and the process of developing a thorough knowledge of relevant literature.  (Winter)

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ENVS 633  Environmental Studies Thesis Development   (1-4)
Instructor: Toadvine
Interdisciplinary readings in environmental studies focused on student thesis topics.  Preparation for presentations at the Joint Campus Conference and the MA thesis prospectus.  (Spring)

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ENVS 410/510   Water Rights and the American West  (4 cr)  June 16-21
Instructor: Rudestam
Examines water rights in Eastern Oregon’s Deschutes watershed. Explores conflicts over water and innovative approaches used to resolve them. Six-day camping itinerary includes overnight rafting trip; students meet with key stakeholders in the region.  Two pre-course meetings (TBA) cover trip logistics and water quality data collection tools and techniques.
Course fee is non-refundable and must be paid prior to departure.
Prereq: instructor approval.  Course fee: $210. Rudestam (see flyer for more information)

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