AMS 315 • Conservation
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
This course provides an introduction to the diverse traditions of thinking about nature preservation throughout the world. The notion of conservation will be linked to development, since conservation ideas revolve around preserving, protecting, or enhancing certain qualities of the natural and human environment. These ideas are relevant in the developed and developing world and result in specific conservation models that impact human populations in meaningful ways. In these cases, however, the ideas underlying development, and those underlying the conservationist response, do vary since they are part of related cultural and political traditions. The diversity of traditions in thought about conservation and development is the theme of this course, and we will at certain points consider case studies of how conservation ideas translate into practice. In particular, we consider key ideas and themes in conservation and development from North America, Latin America, British and African experience.