Conceptualizing our Regional Environment

Fall 2020
Graduate Only
Class Size: 50
8 Credits per quarter
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The first program in the core sequence provides an interdisciplinary framework for understanding Pacific Northwest ecosystems, political, economic and environmental history, and regional identity. In addition to developing a foundation in the methodologies and perspectives of core environmental disciplines, students will assess the value of particular disciplines for framing and solving environmental problems. We will focus on a few major environmental challenges, such as salmon recovery and forest management, through readings, lectures, workshops, seminar discussions, and writing assignments. A central part of this quarter's work is an interdisciplinary group project, which assumes that many critical environmental issues cannot be solved by individuals working alone or even by teams from a single discipline. This project provides an opportunity for students to develop their research, writing, presentation, and collaborative problem-solving skills.


To successfully participate in this program, students will need access to the internet and a computer with word-processing software. Students can expect our remote teaching to be around 70% of synchronous (scheduled) coursework per week, using Canvas and Zoom. Students will have access to alternatives to synchronous (in person or remote) participation if conditions require.


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GR (8): 10140

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