WFSC 608 - Public Participation in Conservation Policy
Public participation is considered a critical component of
democratic society. Arnstein (1969) posited that public
participation is essentially a redistribution of power, from
government to citizen. Supporters of broad public participation
posit that the public can best judge and represent its own
interests and that participation will further enhance the public's
ability to participate in the democratic system of government,
reduce public feelings of powerlessness and alienation, and
increase the legitimacy of the governing body (Fiorino, 1990).
Public participation and deliberation can benefit society by
creating public policy that is reflective of public values and
opinions and that nurtures social, psychological, and political
empowerment of the public. Conflict over how public participation
should be constructed occurs on a regular basis, however.
WFSC 607 - Environmental Conflict Management
We will consider the conflicts we face as humans communicating
AMONG ourselves, ABOUT our physical environment and RELATING to the
rest of the world. This will include an exploration of conflicting
values, meanings, and forms of discourse that define and construct
our understanding of nature/the environment/natural resources.
Within this intellectual context, we will examine how communication
creates, shapes, and maintains the social realities we use to make
sense of our decisions about how to negotiate the relationship
between humans and Earth. Through course readings, class
discussions, and student projects we will examine concepts such as
"nature," "environment," "technology," "natural resources,"
"development," and "progress" with respect to what they entail as
WFSC 303 - Fish and Wildlife Laws and Administration
This course covers basic principles of natural resource policy
formation and implementation.