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Fall 2021
Oct 05,2022
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The course focuses on appropriate means and tools for gathering information to support sustainability analysis, interventions and actions, as well as techniques for using community information to build agreement and consensus. This course trains students in multi-method research techniques, integrating both qualitative and quantitative tools. An emphasis is placed on participatory approaches to documentation, discourse, valuing and decision-making, and participatory design methods. This is a required course for all Sustainability majors. This course is divided into three modules; each module will focus on specific research techniques and processes. MODULE ONE: This section will introduce students to the research methods and tools of data collection and analysis using ethnographic and other qualitative research methods. MODULE TWO: This module introduces research approaches and statistical methods that are commonly used by environmental scientists (and by professionals in many other physical and social science fields). A core of basic research designs (e.g., completely randomized, randomized block, regression), descriptive statistics (central tendency, variability, distribution), and parametric and nonparametric hypothesis tests (paired sample, unpaired sample, multiple sample, correlation, regression) are examined. MODULE THREE: This module will introduce students to adaptive management and participatory decision making to deal with complex systems. The section will provide a conceptual foundation to dynamic processes and will familiarize students with methods and practises that offer tools to design participatory, multi-perspective and multi-scalar approach to building rich descriptions.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate

Sustainability Department


General Requirements:
Course or Test: SUST 310
Minimum Grade of D
May not be taken concurrently. )

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