I teach several undergraduate and graduate level courses that touch on these topics, including:
Natural Resources Management Seminar
This course is a discussion-based seminar exploring the interdisciplinary nature of contemporary natural resource challenges. Topics covered will vary each semester but will focus on the intersection of law with other disciplines in the arena of natural resource management.
Nature and Society
This course explores the human dimensions of geographical challenges through the study of language and images. Nature-Society interactions will be examined on multiple temporal and spatial scales. Students will develop the ability to compare and contrast the unique characteristics of differing cultural relationships with nature, as well as the universality of human experience with the physical world through examination of traditions and social organization within contemporary western human systems. Students will develop the ability to analyze and understand the interconnectedness of environmental challenges and concerns. Students’ own culturally-based assumptions about their relationship with nature will be challenged, and alternative viewpoints for relating to the environment on a cultural and personal level will be explored. This course will examine the human dimensions of environmental and natural resource issues and the ways in which elements of society approach, evaluate, and develop positions relative to these issues. The course will highlight the contemporary and historical role of individuals and societies in identifying and addressing environmental issues at various scales.
Public Land Management
This course examines and discusses the nature of public land management issues and challenges. Students will apply their critical thinking skills to a variety of policy approaches and apply those skills to contemporary environmental and natural resource problems.
Water Resources Management
This course examines and discusses the nature of water management challenges. Students will apply their critical thinking skills to a variety of policy approaches and apply those skills to contemporary environmental and natural resource problems.
This course seeks to provide an overview of both the legal system and the mechanisms and doctrines through which law is spatially manifested, as well as the growing literature addressing the links between law and geography. This will require several steps. The class will examine the dominant philosophical approaches to understanding the project of law, including critical legal studies. The remainder of the course will then focus on a succession of topics and case study investigations into how different approaches to understanding the law can drive differing interpretations of the interconnections between law and geography.