The Science and Practice of Social Change

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Why did you decide to enroll in the School of Natural Resources & Environment? Like many of your fellow students, you are concerned about the health of the environment, the state of our natural resources, and the long-term sustainability of human society and ecosystems. Equally importantly, you want to take a scholarly approach to diagnosing and solving environmental and natural resource problems, establish a network of colleagues with which to collaborate, be exposed to current applied and theoretical approaches from relevant disciplines, and be inspired to make positive contributions to our world in your professional and personal life. However, look around you. Your colleagues are from a variety of disciplines, and SNRE itself is made up of a variety of Fields of Study. How do you begin to speak to each other when you may not necessarily understand or appreciate the particular methods, methodology or epistemology of these other disciplines? Perhaps a more fundamental challenge is to recognize and constructively engage with other ways of ‘knowing’ the world around us. NRE 510 is designed to introduce key concepts and applications from the social sciences that shed light on how we influence and respond to the world around us. As no single course can cover all of the different perspectives and approaches from the many disciplines that make up the social sciences, we will instead cover a smaller number of key concepts, skills and applications. Core social science perspectives and related interventions are organized into three nested and interrelated modules: individual and household; communities and cities, and resources and the climate. These particular elements were chosen to reflect the strengths and interests of the SNRE community – but are also a reflection of current issues in environment and natural resources that encompass a variety of scales and contexts. This course, in addition to NRE 509 is part of the core course requirements in SNRE.

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