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ANP 432: American Indian Women (D)
Role of women in a variety of North American Indian cultures, both traditional and contemporary, using autobiography, life history, historical biography, ethnography, and fiction. Interaction of Indian women and their cultures with Western European and American cultures.

ANP 491: Topics in Anthropology
Selected topics in sociocultural anthropology, archaeology, physical anthropology, anthropological linguistics, or medical anthropology.

ANP 436: Globalization and Justice: Issues in Political and Legal Anthropology
Anthropological perspectives on issues of justice linked to global forces of transnational capitalism, economic development, global governance, and international law.

ANP 831: Seminar in Cultural Ecology
Anthropological theories for understanding culture as system of mediation between humans and environment. Cultural ecological approaches applied to sociocultural change and stability.

ANP 836: Culture, Resources, and Power
Production of knowledge/expertise regarding development, environment, culture, and rights; effects of applying these knowledges.

ANP 439: Human Rights: Anthropological Perspectives
Cross-cultural study of human rights. Anthropological perspective on the role of law, customs, values, and politics in defining, organizing, and understanding individual and collective rights.

ANS 401: Ethical Issues in Animal Agriculture
Ethical issues related to local, national, and international animal agriculture.

CJ 847: Global Risks, Conservation and Criminology
Theories, actors, characteristics and legal instruments associated with risk, conservation, and criminology related to globalization. Current case studies in criminological conservation.

CJ 491: Topics in Criminal Justice
Special issues in criminal justice.

CSUS 419: International Studies in Community Sustainability
Contemporary problems affecting community sustainability outside the United States. Ecological, socio-dynamic, and cultural influences on environmental management. Study-travel experience.

CSUS 445: Community-Based Environmental and Sustainability Education
Methods, materials and theory for non-formal environmental and sustainability education. Focuses on non-profit and agency education programming in conservation, food systems, parks and recreation, and community engagement and outreach. Consideration of relationships among non-formal, informal and K-12 education systems. Field trips required.

CSUS 811: Community, Food, and Agriculture: A Survey
Contemporary issues in agri-food system restructuring. Explores ethical, sociological, cultural, economic, political, and environmental issues related to the transformation of food and farming systems in the U.S., and globally.

CSUS 823: Contemporary Issues in Animal-Human Relationships
Contemporary issues in animal-human relationships, including agriculture and food systems, local communities, and enclosed parks. Nature as a fluid network of relations including humans, nonhumans, and technologies.

CSUS 873: Culture Communities and Tourism
Multi-disciplinary exploration of culture, heritage, cultural landscapes, ecotourism. Contribution of cultural institutions and resources to economy, tourism and community development. Relationship between natural environment and cultural expression. Positive and negative impacts of cultural tourism. Domestic and international examples.

CSUS 473: Social Entrepreneurship and Community Sustainability
Start-up and management of private sector, non-profit, and public organizations. Identifying and overcoming the challenges associated with the sustainable operations of small organizations.

CSUS 824: Sustainable Development: Measuring Socioeconomic Well-Being
Measurement of social and economic welfare at national and local scales. Consumption and economic growth as welfare indicators. Theories of development, utility, and economic growth. Indicators of sustainable development. Environmental and social dimensions of human well-being.

CSUS 848: Community Based Natural Resource Management in International Development
Community-based natural resource management in developing countries. Determinants of conservation, productivity, and income distribution. Interaction of human and natural systems, perceptions of scarcity, property rights, collective action, and governance. Policy tools for promoting conservation.

CSUS 854: Agriculture and Social Movements
Theoretical and empirical issues in social movements. History of United States agrarian insurgency. Contemporary analysis of agrifood insurgency, grievances, organization, ideology, economic and political structures. Role of culture.

CSS 431: International Agriculture Systems
World production capacity for food, fiber and biofuel as related to soil, biology and climatic resources. Principles and case studies of sustainable systems presented from developing and developed countries. Emerging issues in agricultural globalization and biodiversity.

CSS 424: Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems: Integration and Synthesis
Biogeochemical and socio-economic aspects of food, fiber, and fuel production. Environmental impacts and social context. Experiential learning projects.

EC 491: Advanced Topics in Economics
Advanced work in specialized topics of economics. Applicable content varies by semester,

FOR 833: Human Dimensions of Forest Carbon Management
Social dimensions associated with the development and implementation of forest-based climate change mitigation projects, including: valuation of trees and forests by local communities vs. international community; community decision making; public participation; community engagement.

FW 434: Human Dimensions of Fish and Wildlife Management (W)
Sociological implications of public policy and planning processes in fisheries and wildlife management.

FW 439: Conservation and Ethics
Ethical concepts and arguments underlying natural resources.

GEO 432: Environmental Ethics (W)
Ethical dimensions of environmental and spatial issues and associated public policies

GEO 872: Seminar in Human Geography
Research on topics in human geography.

GEO 454: Geography of Environment and Development
Spatial patterns and processes associated with regional development in selected world areas.

GEO 409: Global Climate Change and Variability
Analysis of climate change and variability at various time and space scales. Climate systems, paleoclimatology, global warming, climate models, and climate impact assessment.

GEO 873: Seminar Human-Environment Geography
Research on topics in human-environment geography.

HRT 486: Biotechnology in Agriculture: Applications and Ethical Issues
Current and future roles of biotechnology in agriculture: scientific basis, applications. Environmental, social, and ethical concerns.

NSC 828: Food Safety Seminar Series
Selected current topics covering the broad areas of food safety as they relate to production, processing, transport, microbiology, toxicology, and social and human dimensions.

PHL 850: Seminar in Social and Political Philosophy: Global Justice and Responsibility
Major figures, themes, or periods in social and political philosophy. Topics vary.

PHL 452: Ethics and Development
Ethical issues such as racism, health care disparities, war, genocide, famine, agricultural intensification, economic liberalization, democratization, gender equity, globalization, and environmental degradation.

PHL 840: Seminar in Value Theory
Major figures, themes, or periods in ethics or aesthetics. Topics vary.

SOC 481: Social Movements and Collective Identities
How social movements emerge, change, and are challenged by others. Identity issues within social movements.

SOC 869: Community and Conservation
Use of experiential, participatory, field-based mode of inquiry to develop understanding of social and cultural issues associated with conservation. Understanding of different social positions and perspectives.

SOC 841: Social Movements
Major theories, conceptual issues, and methodologies from the foundation to the cutting edge of the sociological literature on social movements.

SOC 833: Gender and Power
Theory and research on gender and sexual inequality in socially-based systems of production and reproduction. Global and national gender inequalities in selected institutional settings.

SOC 865: Environmental Sociology
Effects of attitudes, social structure, and policy on the causes and consequences of natural resource depletion, pollution, energy use, growth, and technological risks. Response of movements and policies to environmental problems.

SOC 499: Social Issues and Change in Contemporary Society
Selected major social problems in contemporary societies. Sources and consequences of social change. Application of sociological theory to selected cases.

SOC 452: Environment and Society
Environmental conditions and social organization. Relation to resources, pollution, energy, and risks. Growth and limits to growth. Environmental attitudes, actions, movements, and regulation.

SOC 412: Animals, People and Nature
Sociological overview of the intersecting roles of animals, culture and nature in contemporary society.

UP 823: Urban Land Management and the Environment
Concepts, principles, tools, and techniques of urban and regional land management. Land use planning, public facilities, infrastructure location, and environmental sensitivity in land management.

UP 488: The Sustainable and Climate Resilient City
Characteristics of sustainable and resilient cities, comparative analysis, international perspective, cutting-edge multidisciplinary research in sustainability of urban places.

WS 403: Women and Change in Developing Countries
Effects of economic, political, and social change on women in developing countries. Interrelationships of gender, class, race, and nationality.

NOTE: The Summer ONLINE course is especially designed for graduate students and development practitioners who are interested in gender planning, analysis, and evaluation in development programming.

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