Reforming Natural Resources Governance OpenCourseWare: A Free MIT Grad-Level Course on Natural Resources Management

Published Jan 13, 2009

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'Reforming Natural Resources Governance: Failings of Scientific Rationalism & Alternatives for Building Common Ground' examines alternative methods of natural resource management to expand decision-making power beyond technical specialists while including other stakeholders. This free OpenCourseWare from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is part of the Urban Studies and Planning graduate program.

Reforming Natural Resources Governance: Course Specifics

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Reforming Natural Resources Governance: Course Description

MIT professors Dr. Herman Karl and Dr. David Mattson, at Cambridge, MA, teach this free course. Their instruction covers real-world examples of how scientific management practices in the past century have disenfranchised and angered many parties to natural resource cases. Land owners and endangered species are covered in case studies. Specific cases examined in this free OpenCourseWare include management of mountain lion and grizzly bear populations in the western United States and the history of the 'adaptive management' program that led to the Glen Canyon Dam construction on the Colorado River. Students are introduced to alternative theories of resource management that enhance how information is gathered and used. They also learn to participate in a collaborative decision-making process. Lecture notes explore bureaucratic issues in wildlife management. Sociological aspects are also covered.

Lecture notes, some readings and links to related resources are available for free online. If you're interested in taking this course, visit the reforming natural resources governance course page.

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