An introduction to the global range of natural resources, the economic and political contexts of their development and the resulting physical and societal impacts. Cross-listed as GEOG 251. Prerequisite: C or better in GEOG 101 or ENVS 115. Course meets Multicultural graduation requirement.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
C or better in GEOG 101 or ENVS 115
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Offered even Fall.
Most current editions of the following:
Recommended types of texts: textbooks listed are not necessarily the textbook(s) used in the course.
Environmental Management: Readings and Case Studies
By L. Owen and T. Unwin (Blackwell) Recommended
Natural Resource Conservation: Management for a Sustainable Future
By D. Chiras, et al (Prentice Hall) Recommended
Course Learning Outcomes
Summarize the uses of the environment to benefit societies.
Illustrate the impact of resource development on the environment.
Demonstrate how the economy affects patterns of resource development.
Explain the role of political processes in resource development decisions.
Evaluate resource management decisions.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
Resources, technology and society.
Economic factors in resource development
Political factors in resource development
Environmental and societal impacts of resource development
Energy and mineral resources
Soil and water resources
Resource management: present and future concerns
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by
the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this
course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section.
However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's
subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.