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Below is a sample list of courses taken by students in the Human Dimensions Research Unit. The program is interdisciplinary and while few are required, most of the courses taken are tailored to meet each individual student's academic goals.
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  • Anthropology - Anthropology of Race
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  • Biology - Responsible Conduct of Research in Life Sciences
    spacerThe purpose of this 1-credit lecture/discussion course is to provide graduate students with key information about ethical issues in the conduct of life science research. Although some of the topics are specialized (e.g., ethical consideration in the use of vertebrate animal or human subjects), most are applicable to all areas of life science research. The information you obtain from this course should be helpful to you in any scientific career you may pursue, whether in academia, industry or elsewhere.
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  • Forestry - Information Technology
    spacerInformation technology management issues in public and non-profit organizations. Hands-on experience with two important technologies: web system development and relational database applications.
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  • Geo-Sciences - Water Resource Policy
    spacerPublic programs for management of land/water interface ? common law doctrines, flood insurance, wetlands, coastal zone management.
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  • Geo-Sciences - Spirit of Place
    spacerThe meaning of place in our lives. Why some people are attracted to particular kinds of environmental settings, while others are drawn to very different kinds of places. How those who think seriously about places?ranging from the sacred to the profane?have attempted to capture or describe a "sense" or "spirit of place" in their writings and research.
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  • Geo-Sciences - Policy Issues of Metro America
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  • Geo-Sciences - Population and Environment
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  • Natural Resource Conservation - Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management
    spacerIntroduction to the human dimension of resource management. Topics include social values, demographics, outdoor recreation, agency history and mandates, economic valuation, resource allocation, stakeholder groups, the commons dilemma, and other topics. (Intro class ppt, 202 KB)
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  • Natural Resource Conservation - Social Conflict Natural Resource Policy
    spacerIntroduction to the social factors that influence social value formation, and how the different meanings and values ascribed to natural resources in modern society contribute to political conflicts over resource allocation and management. Develops awareness of strengths and limitations of approaches, tools, and techniques of conflict resolution in policy development.
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  • Natural Resource Conservation - Natural Resources Policy
    spacerThe fundamental actors and institutions in the process of public natural resource policy formation at the state, national, and international levels. Focusing on forestry, wildlife, and fisheries, the role of significant laws, resource management agencies, interest groups, and judicial decisions.
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  • Psychology - Advanced Social Psychology
    spacerOverview of theory and experimental research in social psychology. Topics include social perception, attitude structure and change, dyadic interaction, and group processes.
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  • Psychology - Attitudes & Opinions
    spacerTheory, methods, and data concerned with the nature and structure of attitudes and opinions, formation of attitudes, and attitude change in response to communication and interpersonal influence.
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  • Psychology - Research Methods in Social Psychology
    spacerThis course serves as a graduate-level introduction to the scientific methods and practical aspects of conducting research in social and personality psychology. Emphasis is placed on the development of such skills as experimental design, construction of reliable and valid measurement procedures, critical analysis of research literature, and effective writing of empirical papers.
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  • Political Science - Revolutionary Nationalism and Imperialism in the CaribbeanspacerTop
    spacerFocuses on four countries often denied a Caribbean identity Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti whose politics are assessed in regional Caribbean terms, identifying common factors in historical and contemporary development.
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  • Regional Planning - Environmental Law and Resource Management
    spacerConcepts of nuisance, police power, zoning, eminent domain and growth management. Application of these to management of environmental resources, including riverine, coastal, and wetland areas. Includes introduction to legal research.
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  • Resource Economics - Environmental and Resource Economics
    spacerEconomics of environmental quality and natural resource management; theory of externalities, public goods, and resource extraction. Benefit-cost analyses of natural resource use and preservation of unique resources.
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  • Sociology - Survey Design and Analysis II
    spacerDesign and analysis of sample surveys. All pertinent topics in design and analysis of survey data, including sampling, measurement, questionnaire design, field operations, coding and data reduction, scale and item analysis, mail and telephone surveys, interviewing techniques, and data analysis issues.
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  • Statistics - Methodology of Applied Statistics
    spacerFor graduate and upper-level undergraduate students, with focus on practical aspects of statistical methods.Topics include: data description and display, probability, random variables, random sampling, estimation and hypothesis testing, one and two sample problems, analysis of variance, simple and multiple linear regression, contingency tables. Includes data analysis using a computer package.
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  • Statistics - Multivariate Statistics Methodology
    spacerIntroduction to the analysis of multivariate data. Topics include description of multivariate data; random vectors; multivariate analysis of variance, repeated measures/profile analysis; and topics from mul-tivariate regression, discriminant analysis, clustering, (principal components, factor analysis, and canonical correlation). Has a strong applied component involving the use of a statistical package for data analysis.
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