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Department of Conservation Social Sciences
css@uidaho.edu

College of Natural Resources

phone: (208) 885-7911
fax: (208) 885-6226

875 Perimeter Drive MS 1139
Moscow, ID 83844-1139
Natural Resources Conservation and sustainable recreation

Course List

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Course Descriptions

CSS 235 Society and Natural Resources (3 cr)

An exploration of how people use, value, manage, impact, and are affected by natural resources; course emphasizes social and economic realities and political and legal processes in a context of current and historical natural resource issues. Two lectures and one 1-hr small discussion group meeting a week.

CSS 287 Foundations of Conservation Leadership and Management (3 cr)

Overview of conservation leadership and management from a political, economic, behavioral, and land use management perspective; philosophical, theoretical, historical, and managerial foundations of conservation as they relate to societal trends. Overview of applied communication methods necessary for the successful management of natural resources as well as an introduction to applied public involvement. Recommended Preparation: NR 101. (Fall only)

CSS 299 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)

CSS 304 Conservation Social Sciences Field Studies (3 cr)

Field site evaluation of conservation and social science cases. One hundred and twenty hours of instruction during a 12-day field excursion during summer session; pre- and post-visit written and oral assignments; special fee assessed. (Summer only)

CSS 310 Social Research Methods in Conservation (4 cr)

Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed approaches to studying social aspects of conservation and the environment; how to choose and apply selective research methods; design, collection, and statistical analysis of primary and secondary data; program evaluation; reporting results; interpreting research literature; lab exercises in research design, data collection, and analysis; and the communication of research issues and findings to lay and professional audiences. Special fee assessed. Three lec and 2 hrs of lab a wk. Recommended Preparation: Basic computer skills. (Fall only)
Prereq: Stat 251

CSS 364 Politics of the Environment (3 cr)

Political factors that influence formation, implementation, and impact of public policies aimed at protecting the environment.

CSS 383 Natural Resource and Ecosystem Service Economics (3 cr)

The role and application of economic theories and methods in natural resource and ecosystem service decision-making. Economic tools are applied to the management of forests, fisheries, rangeland, recreation, wildlife, and other contemporary issues. (Spring only)
Prereq: For 235 or CSS 235; and Econ 202 or Econ 272; and Math 143

CSS 385 Conservation Management and Planning I (4 cr)

Intro to theory, processes, and techniques for the management and planning of conservation systems including conservation organizations, natural areas, and their uses; focuses on resource and user management programs and techniques such as programming, budgeting, financing, contracting, and personnel management processes as well as conservation planning processes including operational, strategic, and long-range planning for natural sites and larger landscapes. A required 2-day field trip, collaborative group projects and a Service-Learning project are required. (Fall only)
Prereq: Junior or Senior standing

CSS 387 Environmental Communication Skills (3 cr)

Introduction to communications skills in the context of natural resources, including environmental and cultural interpretation; communication psychology and media applied to noncaptive audiences in natural resource situations. Field trip may be required. Special fee assessed.
Prereq: CSS 287 or Permission

CSS 398 (s) Internship (cr arr)

CSS 400 (s) Seminar (cr arr)

CSS 401 (s) Practicum in Tutoring (1-3 cr, max 3)

Tutorial services performed by advanced students under faculty supervision. Graded P/F.
Prereq: Permission

CSS 403 (s) Workshop (cr arr)

CSS 404 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)

CSS 462 Natural Resource Policy (3 cr)

Same as PolS 462. Political and institutional context for making natural resource policy; emphasis on interaction between private and public sectors and the federal, state, and tribal governments, including an examination of topical issues in natural resource politics.

CSS 475 Conservation Management and Planning II (4 cr)

Advanced theory, processes, and techniques for the management and planning of conservation systems including conservation organizations, natural areas, and their uses; focuses on resource and user management programs and techniques such as programming, budgeting, financing, contracting, and personnel management processes, as well as conservation planning processes including operational, strategic, and long-range planning for natural sites and larger landscapes. A required 2-day field trip, collaborative group projects and a Service-Learning project are required. (Spring only)
Prereq: CSS 385 and Junior or Senior standing; or Permission

CSS 481 Conservation Leadership (3 cr)

Generates essential understanding, insight, and skills into leadership of political and organizational systems designed to conserve natural resources. Field trip may be required. (Spring only)
Prereq: CSS 235, 287

CSS 483 Senior Project Presentation (1 cr)

Same as CSS/Fish/REM/WLF 483. Reporting and presenting the senior project (thesis or internship); taken after or concurrently with 485 or 497.

CSS 485 Ecology and Conservation Biology Senior Project (1-3 cr, max 3)

Same as CSS/Fish/For/REM 485. Scholarly work; learning objectives include development and formal proposal of a specific project and conducting the project or research with the guidance of a faculty mentor.

CSS 486 Public Involvement in Natural Resource Management (3 cr)

Theoretical and applied concepts of public involvement in both public and private sectors of natural resource management; historical and legal mandates, government agency responsibilities, applied methods and techniques, case studies, and practical experience. Three lec and three hrs of lab a wk; field trip may be reqd. (Spring only)

CSS 487 Environmental Education (3 cr)

Concept and techniques of environmental education with emphasis on informal education settings such as residential and day-use environmental education centers, nature centers, visitor centers. Field trip may be required. (Spring only)

CSS 489 Personalities and Philosophies in Conservation (3 cr)

Lives and thinking of people who have significantly influenced conservation practice including issues of communication, public involvement, environmental education and environmental interpretation. (Spring only)

CSS 490 Wilderness and Protected Area Management (3 cr)

Historical and legal aspects of the wilderness and protected area concepts; conceptual and applied approaches, considering both ecological and sociological elements; recent research. (Spring, alt/yrs)

CSS 492 Ecotourism Principles and Issues (3 cr)

Critical examination of ecotourism emphasizing its ideology and conceptual foundations as well as major environmental and social issues affecting it. Recommended preparation: CSS 287 or equivalent. (Spring only)

CSS 493 International Land Preservation and Conservation Systems (3 cr)

Same as LAS 493. An examination of international approaches to land preservation and conservation; comparative analysis of philosophies, methods of implementation (Parks, Biosphere Reserves, RAMSAR sites, etc.), and associated issues and concerns with these social interventions; ramifications of conservation practices for biophysical and social systems. Field trip may be required. (Spring only)

CSS 496 Monitoring Impacts in Protected Areas and Wilderness (3 cr)

Theoretical and applied concepts of identifying, measuring, and monitoring changes in wilderness and protected area ecosystems caused by human influences, including recreation use, management practices, and both on-site and off-site development. Field trips may be reqd. (Spring, alt/yrs)

CSS 498 (s) Internship (cr arr)

CSS 499 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)

For the individual student; conferences, library, field, or lab work.
Prereq: Senior standing, GPA 2.5, and Permission