Why read old Durkheim? Using classical social science to understand the social dynamics of social-ecological systems, Wijnand Boonstra, 23 January - 20 February 2014, 3hp
The objective of this course is to introduce to graduate students of the Resilience Research School several classic publications from the social sciences. The general course objective is to introduce students into diverse social science perspectives on the collective dimensions of causes, outcomes and solutions to environmental problems. More specifically, the aim is to have students extrapolate insights from (classical) social science to understand and analyze the dynamics in social-ecological systems. Students will have to use social science theories to construct an original claim that relates to their own analytical and empirical work. In so doing, the course aims to cultivate skills in independent thinking by developing their own thesis statement, supporting that thesis with logical rationale and appropriate evidence, and presenting the thesis in a convincing fashion, both orally and in writing. Moreover, the course also introduces students into the diversity of social science perspectives on the interdependent relations between social behavior and the natural environment.
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Ecosystem services, economic theory and economic analysis: an introduction from an ecological economics perspective, Tom Green, 23-29 April, 0.5-1.5 hp
This course builds from an ecological economics perspective to consider contempory interest in describing, assessing and incorporating consideration of ecosystem services in land use and resource management decision-making. Various issues are discussed, including debates over monetary valuation, cultural ecosystem services, payments for ecosystems services schemes, and concerns that drawing on an ecosystem services lens enables the commodification of nature. Case studies are used to relate theory to practice.
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Courses in planning for Spring 2014:
Open-source GIS, Emma Sundström
Methods for analysis of SES: quantitative and qualitative methods and those that can both
Modeling Complex Adaptive Systems
Systems analysis and Sustainability Science
Text Analysis: Clustering alogorithms
Systems analysis and Sustainability Science, Uno Svedin
R course series: 1) Experimental design, 2) Advanced stats, 3) Intro to automated image analysis, 4) Multivariate text analysis, 5) Packages and tools for Network Analysis, 6) Intro to Topic Models in R
Courses in planning for Autumn 2014:
Complexity and SES - a series of lectures, philosophy of science, experimental design and complexity theory
Law and Resilience
Ecohydrology, Water-Related Ecosystem Services & Resilience
Theory & practice of Transformation
Introduction to resilience thinking and analysis
Visualization: How to show what we mean!
Final details for each course will be available when the course is confirmed.