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2022-23 Catalog 
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NR 120 - Society and Natural Resources

5 credits

ENGL 095  or placement in ENGL& 101 .

This course will provide students with a broad overview of the role of social sciences (e.g., sociology, political science and economics) and critical decision making related to the allocation of limited natural resources. Theories will cover the basis of natural resource issues, role of social science in natural resources management and how sustainability factors into this role. The curriculum will focus on case studies that highlight specific resource management issues with an emphasis on issues in the Pacific Northwest. Theories will be supplemented with guest presentations from individuals that represent a variety of natural resource stakeholders (tribal, state, federal and private) in Western Washington. Labs will allow students to investigate contemporary resource issues and prepare a report on a specific environmental topic.

Theory Hours
4 theory hours.

Guided Practice Hours
2 guided practice hours.

Vocational Program Course
Vocational program course.

AA General Elective
May be used as a general elective in the AA degree.

Course Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

  • Describe and evaluate the how management and utilization of natural resources impacts society
  • Identify the challenges associated with the multiple uses of natural resources
  • Explain the interrelationship between values, identity, policy, economics and natural resources

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