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Fall 2011-2012
* EEB 341 / ENV 341  

Water, Savannas and Society: Resilience and Sustainability in African Drylands

Elizabeth G. King

Resilience theory provides a framework for understanding the dynamics of complex social-ecological systems in order to assess and promote sustainability. This course will apply key concepts from resilience theory (e.g., feedbacks, thresholds, regime shifts, adaptive cycles, panarchy) as we investigate the hydrological, ecological, and social dynamics that characterize the social-ecological systems of African pastoralists in water-limited landscapes. Topics will include: ecohydrology of land degradation, ecological interactions in dry savannas, human ecology of pastoralism, and challenges in common pool resource management.

Sample reading list:
Walker and Salt, Resilience Thinking

Reading/Writing assignments:
Readings will consist of book chapters for foundational concepts, journal articles reporting empirical studies of those concepts, and reports from the development and NGO sectors. Classes will include an hour of lecture followed by a half hour of discussion, guest lecture, or practical activity. Students will be evaluated on class preparedness and participation, short writing assignments, midterm exam, and a final paper.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 30%
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Papers - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
One of the following: EEB 321, ENV 201, ENV 202, (courses can be taken concurrently), or permission of the instructor..

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21819 L01 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm T Th   Lewis Library   122   Enrolled:23 Limit:18 Closed
P01 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm M   Lewis Library   122   Enrolled:0 Limit:15
P02 10:00 am - 10:50 am T   Lewis Library   117   Enrolled:0 Limit:15