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Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change Bloomington

Arthur F. Bentley Professor Elinor Ostrom and Rudy Professor Emilio Moran

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Core Graduate Faculty

Arthur F. Bentley Professor
Elinor Ostrom (Political Science, Public and Environmental Affairs)

Rudy Professor
Emilio Moran (Anthropology, Public and Environmental Affairs)

Dennis Conway (Geography), J.C. Randolph (Public and Environmental Affairs), Jeanne Sept (Anthropology), James Walker (Economics), John T. Williams (Political Science)

Associate Professors
George Alter (History), Kerry Krutilla (School of Public and Environmental Affairs)

Assistant Professors
Eduardo Brondizio* (Anthropology), Tom Evans* (Geography), Clark Gibson* (Political Science)

Associated Graduate Faculty

Hendrik Haitjema (Public and Environmental Affairs), Dan Knudsen (Geography), Barry Rubin (Public and Environmental Affairs), Richard Wilk (Anthropology)

Associate Professor
Scott Robeson (Geography)

Assistant Professor
Vicky Meretsky* (Public and Environmental Affairs)

Academic Advisors
Arthur F. Bentley Professor Elinor Ostrom (812) 855-3196 or (812) 855-0441; Rudy Professor Emilio Moran (812) 855-6181

Ph.D. Minor in the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change

The graduate minor will instruct students in theories and methods that combine the physical and social sciences on human dimensions of global environmental change. The first pair of four seminar courses focus on global environmental change. They seek to familiarize students with the major issues of the field and explore the available approaches to this kind of interdisciplinary work, concluding in a research proposal on the human dimensions of environmental change. The third is on institutional analysis and design and the fourth on forest and institutions research methods. Students will be expected to become familiar with GIS and/or remote sensing as tools in the analysis of global environmental change through both formal courses and hands-on apprenticeship as part of team research projects.

Course Requirements
The Minor in Human Dimensions of Environmental Change requires 12 hours of approved courses; typically G515, Y673, and Y773 are required. The fourth course can be selected from the optional courses below. Students who have (1) completed the required courses in good standing and (2) presented a dissertation to their research committee, at least one of which must be a core faculty member associated with the program, will receive the minor.

Core Courses

G515 Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change (3 cr.) Examines the research agenda on global environmental change. It aims to facilitate student participation in ongoing and future research through development of research proposed for dissertation work. Topics include deforestation, pollution, population, land use, and remote sensing.

Political Science
Y673 Empirical Theory and Methodology (3 cr.) Will count for minor when topic is Institutional Analysis and Development: Micro. This research seminar addresses how and why fallible individuals achieve and sustain self-governing entities and self-governing ways of life. It seeks to understand how individuals affect the rules that structure their lives. This seminar provides the theoretical foundations for G773.
Y773 Empirical Theory and Methodology (3 cr.) Will count for minor when topic is Research Seminar International Forestry Resources and Institutions. This research seminar is designed for both graduate students in diverse disciplines and visiting scholars interested in learning about multi-method data collection techniques that combine rigorous measures of social science concepts and those related to forest conditions.

Additional courses relevant to individual interests that can replace one of the four core courses with the approval of the academic advisors for the minor are:

E427 Cultural Ecology (3 cr.) Surveys the major environmental studies in anthropology, the basic principles of ecological theory, and human adaptation as manifested in major ecosystems.

G513 Topics Seminar in Human Dimensions of Environmental Change (3 cr.) Topical courses related to the study of institutions, population, and environmental change will be arranged in light of recent scientific developments and student and faculty interests. Analysis of human roles in environmental change is contextualized by attention to biophysical and ecosystematic relationships.
G514 Fieldwork Practicum in Human Dimensions of Environmental Change (12 cr.) P: academic advisorís approval required (advisor/director of the Center for the Study of Institutions, Population, and Environmental Change). Gives students the opportunity to practice research methods in an individually designed project in the Western Hemisphere. The project must address a specific issue in the study of institutions, populations, and environmental change.
G516 Remote Sensing of Global Environmental Change (3 cr.) Covers the theory and application of Satellite Remote Sensing to the study of global change. Focuses primarily on measuring and monitoring human induced changes to terrestrial vegetation cover.
G517 The Amazon in Crisis: Ecology and Development (3 cr.) Provides an introduction to the ecology of the Amazon Basin of South America, focusing on its habitats, the use and conservation of the environment by its native inhabitants, and examining the forces of development that threaten its very existence.
G590 Population Analysis: Concepts, Issues, Problems (3 cr.) Graduate status or approval of instructor. Theoretical issues, empirical questions on social determinants and consequences of biological events like birth and death. Age structure, marriage and household formation, gender, migration, quality of data, population policy in developing countries and advanced industrial societies. Contemporary and historical sources.
G591 Methods of Population Analysis and Their Applications (3 cr.) P: an undergraduate course in statistics. Techniques of measuring and analyzing population size and trends, fertility and mortality patterns, migration flows. Population estimates and projections. Major models of formal demography.

School of Public and Environmental Affairs
E528 Forest Ecology and Management (3 cr.) P or C: E538 or V506. Field and laboratory exercises in quantitative analysis of forest ecosystems. Sampling and data collection methodologies. Data analysis and interpretation. Concepts in forest ecology and forest management.

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