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NRES 287: Environment and Society

This class is taught in the spring semesters and it examines the relationship between environment and society, and implications for ecological and human well-being. Several social science perspectives are used to discuss topics such as environmental ethics, decision-making, social constructions of nature, and environmental risks and hazards. Students in this class are encouraged to build critical thinking skills focused on contemporary problems in the interface between people and nature. This is a required course for all undergraduate students in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences. A syllabus is available upon request.

NRES 428: Valuing Nature

This class is taught in the fall semesters and it explores how values, attitudes, and concepts of place (e.g., attachment, place meanings) relate to environmental behavior. Student transfer theoretical knowledge of behavior change and state-of-the art methodologies to resource management challenges, focusing particular attention on the human dimensions of fisheries management, conservation in parks and protected areas, and sustainable energy use. This class is open to advanced undergraduates and graduate students from disciplines such as environmental studies, psychology, sociology, urban planning, economics, political science, geography, and recreation management. A flier is available here


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Carena J. van Ripercvanripe@illinois.edu
Department of Natural Resources and Environnmental Sciences
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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