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NR 320 - Natural Resources History and Policy

  • 3 credits

The conservation and sustainable management of land and natural resources in the U.S. is shaped by myriad social, economic, legal, and political forces. Even though the issues may change over time, many of the fundamental principles and processes in natural resource policy endure. For aspiring natural resource professionals and anyone interested in the use, management, and conservation of renewable natural resources, understanding and appreciating the historical and political forces that shape natural resource management decisions is vital.

Since the United Nations Earth Summit in Rio (1992), international tourism development efforts at local, regional and national levels have focused on tourism as a means to sustainable development. Tourism is seen as an instrument in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), geared towards reducing poverty, fostering sustainable development, and enhancing the resilience of at-risk communities around the world. Increasing destination resilience requires innovation on many levels, and this course analyzes ways in which government, business, and “third sector” organizations may implement sustainable tourism to address an array of international issues and to minimize related vulnerabilities. Instruments for sustainable tourism development are examined and discussed in case studies (international, national, regional and local).

This course meets the All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC) requirements for Historical Perspectives (Category 3D).

Textbooks and Materials

Please check the CSU Bookstore for textbook information. Textbook listings are available at the CSU Bookstore about 3 weeks prior to the start of the term.