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  • Seats still available in IPE ONLINE courses about the Environment this FALL

    Posted on August 3rd, 2010 stacey No comments

    Seats still available in IPE ONLINE courses about the Environment this FALL

    We wanted to let you all know about a few Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Environment (IPE) ONLINE courses that still have seats available for FALL. The only prerequisite for these courses is Junior Standing or above, but some of the instructors will give special permissions for Sophomores to enroll. Again, the courses are all ONLINE.

    IPE 3413.995 – “Human Health, Disease, and the Environment” with Theresa Coffman Rodriguez
    Students will explore the relationship between human diseases and the environment, specifically the interaction between humans and both biotic (living) and abiotic (non-living) elements of the environment. Biotic and abiotic elements of the environment and the changes brought upon those elements by humans will be explored with the resulting consequences for human health. Biotic interactions include agriculture, hunting and eating practices; abiotic interactions include climate, water management, and the use of chemicals. Students will gain a better understanding of the multiple interactions among humans, the environment, microorganisms, and disease vectors (transmitters).

    IPE 3913.993 – “Gardening, the Community, and the Environment” with Matthew Collier
    This course will explore the fundamental concepts and styles of gardening with an emphasis on vegetables and organic methods. Class assignments help students to connect gardening to environmental issues at the personal, local, and global levels. A service learning component promotes hand-on experiences and responsibility to the community.

    IPE 3913.994 – “Law and the Environment” with Jennifer Gray
    Law is based on policy and philosophy, underlying concepts of how best to manage society. Statutes, rules, and regulations direct our day-to-day lives. But, policy is the foundation of these practical realities. Therefore the introduction to the class attempts to examine the general underlying foundations of the United States constitutional principles. There are constitutional and structural conflicts when environmental law is at issue. We will study these. Following the foundational concepts, the focus of the class will shift to practical information and exercises regarding environmental law. Finally, there are three sections of specialized law and their interrelationship with the environment.

    IPE 3913.996 – “The Politics of Wildlife Conservation” with Dr. Janette Wallis
    In this course, students will explore the politics of wildlife conservation from a variety of perspectives. We will review the history of our own species’ impact on the lives of free-ranging animals and examine the many ways that human-wildlife symbiotic relationships have influenced biodiversity loss and growth. The quest to balance the consumptive use of wildlife with the need to assure species survival has led to a number of national laws and international treaties aimed at conserving wildlife for future generations. Students will learn about the process of implementing these legal agreements, while also examining methods of working with local people and key decision makers. Through a series of problem-solving activities and assessment of several relevant case studies, we will focus on the more general “politics” of wildlife conservation. The resulting knowledge will be invaluable to students seeking careers in wildlife conservation, but will also benefit those hoping to incorporate a conservation-friendly approach to other career choices.

    IPE 3913.997 – “The Psychology of Environmentalism” with Dr. H. Michael Crowson
    The purpose of this course is to develop a psychological understanding of environmentalism. Much of the course will explore possible psychological contributors to peoples’ attitudes toward the environment and, more specifically, environmentalism, in an effort to better understand how conflicts arise over environmental issues and policies. Questions to be addressed include, “What is the potential role of group-processes in the formation of attitudes?” “How might individual differences in psychological and ideological functioning influence issue-based preferences?” “What social belief systems are used in order to justify one’s attitudes toward the environment?” “What psychological factors contribute to pro- and anti-environmental activism?” The course concludes with an exploration of how an understanding of the political psychology of environmentalism may help to encourage more productive discourse between groups on environmental issues.

    IPE 3913.998 – “Globalization, Culture, and the Environment” with Dr. Bridget Love
    This course examines debates on the environment and culture in a global context. Globalization has become a ubiquitous catchword that sums up intensifying interconnections between distant people and places, yet its far-reaching impacts are hotly contested. Some understand globalization as a route to mobility and potential access for all, while others see it as a threatening force of environmental and cultural degradation. These debates play out in diverse sites and forums, from local communities around the world to transnational institutions like the World Bank. This course explores the heterogenous nature of encounters between local and global environmental concerns as we consider topics ranging from conservation, ecotourism, and bioprospecting to trade, global security, and environmental justice.

    You can register for any of these courses through OZONE. These courses all qualify for upper division credit, but do not have any Gen-Ed designations. If you have any questions about the courses, you can contact the IPE Program by emailing us at ipe@ou.edu or by calling 325-0595.

    Deborah W. Dalton
    Professor and Director, Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Environment http://ipe.ou.edu/