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Clark University    
  Feb 17, 2018
2017-2018 Academic Catalog

IDCE 358 - Advanced Topics in ID: Livelihoods: Development, Adaptation, and Resilience

Development and the environment are linked by concepts such as sustainability, vulnerability, and most recently, resilience. How development and the environment come together around these concepts depends on the issue at hand - whether climate change adaptation or mitigation, conservation, or natural resource governance. Further, this intersection depends on who we are talking about - their gender, age, social rank, livelihoods, religion, etc. This course will span the academic literature, policy documents, and donor guidance frameworks to help us understand what sustainability, vulnerability and resilience reveal and obscure for contemporary development in the anthropocene. May be repeatable for credit.


SECTION 01: POLLINATORS, ECOSYSTEM SERVICES AND CITIZEN SCIENCE - Pollinators are declining world-wide with potentially catastrophic impacts on food systems (fruit, nuts and other crops).  This course will focus on the intersection of ecological indicators (pollinators and their habitat) and ecosystem services.  Students will explore conservation tools such as IUCN’s (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Ecological Indicators and EbA (Ecosystem-based Adaptations), integrated ecological assessment (IEA) and the intersections among ecosystem services, science and international conservation policies.

SECTION 02: ADVANCED FIELD METHODS - Ever wonder how trail cams work? This course is a field based experience learning opportunity for students to learn ecological field techniques.  Parks, protected areas and urban green spaces often need to answer simple questions such as how many species in the park?  How many individuals of a species are in the park?  What are the impacts of visitor use or human recreation on park animals?  In this field-based course we will explore field methods.  No advanced ecology knowledge is required other than enjoyment of  outdoor spaces in any capacity.  This class will include activities such as uneven terrain and working in the dark; however, accommodations for all abilities can be made so all students can join the experience.

Anticipated Terms Offered: varied