Advanced Special Topics Courses (390’s and 490’s) – Fall 2019

Fall 2019 Offerings

Courses numbered in the 390’s and 490’s are offered only once or twice and focus on a specialized topic. These courses are rarely appropriate for first-year students.

Please consult WebAdvisor for the days, times, and locations of these sections.

Professor Althouse
Management of Public Land
4 credits
A study of the ecology, people, policies, and politics needed to manage wildlife refuges and parks at the state and national level.
Professor Pearce
Field Ecology & Conservation
4 credits
A study of ecological field principles and techniques with a specific emphasis on wildlife and plants in natural and human-disturbed environments. Students use primary literature and student-driven field research to address observations about ecological composition, structure, and function, and compare how various habitat management approaches influence species conservation. Students develop testable hypotheses, design ways to test those hypotheses, collect, analyze, and report ecological data that focus on species and habitat conservation. Independent and group research projects will form the core of lab work at local natural areas. One laboratory per week. Graded only, no CR/NC option. Prerequisite: ENVSC 110 and ENVSC 210, or BIO 220 and FSBIO 201, and permission of instructor.
Professors Kirschner & Eckstein
Genocide & Reconciliation I
4 credits
An interdisciplinary exploration of causes, consequences, and aftermath of genocide around the world, with a particular focus on 20th-century genocides and in-depth study of the Rwandan experience. Topics will include the legal definition of genocide and implications of that definition, especially how it shapes international responses; how political and social processes can make societies more vulnerable to genocide; and the consequences and complications of different approaches to post-genocide reconciliation, with a particular focus on restorative and retributive justice models. Note: This course is part of a two-course sequence being taught in Fall 2019 and Spring 2020. The second course in the sequence has an optional travel component to Rwanda. Taking this course will be a pre-requisite for the second course but a student who takes the first course will not be required to take the second.