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CEDEV 567 Syllabus

CEDEV 567: Resilient Communities and Ecosystems (3 credits). Understanding connections between communities and surrounding ecosystems; exploration of management techniques for building adaptive, resilient, and sustainable communities and environments.

Instructor

Michael FortunatoMichael W-P Fortunato, Ph.D.

Adjunct Lecturer: Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education
Founding Partner:
Creative Insight Community Development
E-mail: Please use the Canvas Inbox
Phone: (412) 480-4974 (cell)

I will do my best to respond to your e-mails (use Canvas Inbox) within 24 to 48 hours, and I will let you know if I'm going to be unavailable for any length of time.

Course Overview

This course provides an overview of the connections between communities and their local environments, the institutional barriers and boundaries that guide these relationships, and how both work together in impacting the long-term community and economic development trajectories at multiple scales. The first part of the course will be spent learning about resilience and interlinked social and ecological or social-ecological, systems. We will spend the second portion of the course examining some of the basic tools of social-ecological system management, exploring the basic social, regulatory, and political systems in which social-ecological interactions take place. The third part of the course explores two social-ecological case-studies, where we will discuss in-depth some of the implications of these concepts for community and economic development. In the last part of the course, we will talk about scale and how to manage across scale, as well as how we can work within social and institutional boundaries for resilient, sustainable community development.

Course Objectives

By the end of this CEDEV 567 you should be able to:

  1. Identify basic concepts related to resilience and the role they play in long term sustainability and resilience for communities.
  2. Describe how concepts of community relate to the relationships people have with their local environment.
  3. Critically assess approaches to social-environmental system management.
  4. Analyze the roles of government and regulatory structures on development and change.
  5. Analyze case studies of social-environmental conflicts and apply concepts of resilience and community and economic development toward addressing them.
  6. Work with your own examples to apply concepts and ideas to increase your understanding of the concepts and to aid in understanding change and development, and barriers to change and development.

Course Outline

For due dates, refer to the Course Summary on the Syllabus page in Canvas.

Required Course Materials

  • The following books are required for this course:
    • Randolph, John. 2012. Environmental Land Use Planning and Management. 2nd Ed. Washington D.C.: Island Press. ISBN-13: 978-1597267304; ISBN-10: 1597267309
    • Walker, Brian and David Salt. 2006. Resilience Thinking: Sustaining Ecosystems and People in a Changing World. Washington D.C.: Island Press. ISBN: 1597260932
      • The required texts are available through a variety of online book vendors (such as Amazon.com or abebooks.com).
  • The following book is strongly recommended but is not required material.
    • Gunderson, L.H. and C.S. Holling, eds. 2002. Panarchy: Understanding Transformations in Human and Natural Systems. Washington D.C.: Island Press. ISBN: 1559638575
  • The course uses a set of required readings which you will find on reserve from the Penn State Library. Links to Course Reserves are located on the Overview page of each module.
    • NOTE: You must have an active Penn State Access Account and be registered with the University Libraries in order to take full advantage of the Libraries' resources and services. Registration and services are free!

Grading

Assignments

Grading ElementPercent of Total GradeAssignedDue
Final Project Proposal 5 Module 1 End of Module 6
Final Project 35 Module 1 Friday prior to Finals Week
Book/Article Review 10 Module 1 End of Module 14
Environmental Law Report 10 Module 4 End of Module 5
Discussions (10) 20 Weekly End of week
Rational Middle Reflection 10 Module 9 End of Module 9
Ancient Futures Argument 10 Module 10 End of Module 10

Grading Scale

Letter GradePoints
A 95.0–100
A- 90–94.9
B+ 86.7–89.9
B 83.4–86.6
B- 80.0–83.3
C+ 75.0–79.9
C 70.0–74.9
D 60.0–69.9
F 0–59.9

Missed Modules and Late Work

Students are expected to turn work in on the dates announced in the course. However, we realize that most of you are working professionals and will on occasion have to do something that will keep you from completing module work on time. If you have a conflict for work, travel, or family, please notify your instructors as soon as you can BEFORE your scheduled conflict. We are willing to work with you, but you have to work with us too! Likewise, this is a privilege and not a right—if we feel you are abusing this privilege, we have the option of not accepting your work for that module or modules.

Technical Requirements

This course is offered online and it assumed you possess the minimum system requirements and computing skills to participate effectively. A list of technical requirements is listed on the World Campus' Penn State Technical Requirements page.

Minimum Skills

  • You should have an understanding of basic computer usage (creating folders/directories, switching between programs, formatting and backing up media, accessing the Internet).
  • You must be able to conduct word processing tasks such as creating, editing, saving, and retrieving documents.
  • You must be able to use a web browser to open web pages, download files, and search the Internet.
  • You must be able to use an e-mail program to send and receive messages and to attach and download documents/files.
  • You must be able to download and install programs or plug-ins from the Internet.

Accessibility Information

  • Accessibility statement for Canvas.

Netiquette

The term "Netiquette" refers to the etiquette guidelines for electronic communications, such as e-mail and discussion postings. Netiquette covers not only rules to maintain civility in discussions, but also special guidelines unique to the electronic nature of messages. Please review Virginia Shea's "The Core Rules of Netiquette" for general guidelines that should be followed when communicating in this course.

Support Services

As a World Campus student, you have access to a variety of services and resources, including advising, tutoring, library services, career services, and more. Please visit the World Campus Student Services page for more information.

If you experience technical problems of any kind in Canvas, please select the Help icon and select "Students chat with Canvas Support!," "Canvas Support Hotline (Students)," or "Report a Canvas problem." It is in your own best interest to be as specific as you possibly can. Vague descriptions of a problem only delay assistance. Try to include information such as: the specific course page, quiz question, etc. you were on; what you attempted to do when that failed; the exact language of any error message displayed on your screen; the date and time when your problem occurred; and any other pertinent information (does the problem happen consistently and always in the same way, etc.).

Online Students Use of the Library

As Penn State World Campus students, you have access to many of the materials that the library offers to students. The library website has a lot to offer, but can be overwhelming. A guide has been created to serve as your introduction to important library resources, services, and important pages within the library. The Online Student Library Guide is updated regularly by the online librarian and is intended to provide a level of comfort through an introduction to help you feel comfortable navigating the library website to find valuable information for your coursework.

Penn State Policies

Log-In Policy

Students are expected to log-in regularly to keep up-to-date with announcements, discussions, etc. The class will progress at a regular pace throughout the semester and there are specific due dates and times for assignments, etc.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the pursuit of scholarly activity in an open, honest and responsible manner. Academic integrity is a basic guiding principle for all academic activity at The Pennsylvania State University, and all members of the University community are expected to act in accordance with this principle. Consistent with this expectation, students should act with personal integrity, respect other students' dignity, rights, and property, and help create and maintain an environment in which all can succeed through the fruits of their efforts. Academic integrity includes a commitment not to engage in or tolerate acts of falsification, misrepresentation or deception. Such acts of dishonesty violate the fundamental ethical principles of the University community and compromise the worth of work completed by others (see Faculty Senate Policy 49-20, G-9 Procedures and the Code of Conduct).

Read the Academic Integrity Guidelines for the College of Agricultural Sciences

A lack of knowledge or understanding of the University's Academic Integrity policy and the types of actions it prohibits and/or requires does not excuse one from complying with the policy. Penn State and the College of Agricultural Sciences take violations of academic integrity very seriously. Faculty, alumni, staff and fellow students expect each student to uphold the University's standards of academic integrity both inside and outside of the classroom.

Educational Equity Statement

Penn State takes great pride to foster a diverse and inclusive environment for students, faculty, and staff. Acts of intolerance, discrimination, or harassment due to age, ancestry, color, disability, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religious belief, sexual orientation, or veteran status are not tolerated and can be reported through Educational Equity at the Report Bias webpage.

Copyright Notice

All course materials students receive or to which students have online access are protected by copyright laws. Students may use course materials and make copies for their own use as needed, but unauthorized distribution and/or uploading of materials without the instructor's express permission is strictly prohibited. University Policy AD 40, the University Policy Recording of Classroom Activities and Note Taking Services addresses this issue. Students who engage in the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials may be held in violation of the University's Code of Conduct, and/or liable under Federal and State laws.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Many students at Penn State face personal challenges or have psychological needs that may interfere with interfere with their academic progress, social development, or emotional wellbeing. The university offers a variety of confidential services to help you through difficult times, including individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, consultations, online chats, and mental health screenings. These services are provided by staff who welcome all students and embrace a philosophy respectful of clients’ cultural and religious backgrounds, and sensitive to differences in race, ability, gender identity and sexual orientation.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Penn State Crisis Line (24 hours/7 days/week)
Crisis Text Line (24 hours/7 days/week)
Mental Health Services

(814) 863-0395
(877) 229-6400
Text LIONS to 741741

Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities

Penn State welcomes students with disabilities into the University's educational programs. Every Penn State campus has an office for students with disabilities. The Student Disability Resources Web site provides contact information for every Penn State campus. For further information, please visit the Student Disability Resources Web site.

In order to receive consideration for reasonable accommodations, you must contact the appropriate disability services office at the campus where you are officially enrolled, participate in an intake interview, and provide documentation. If the documentation supports your request for reasonable accommodations, your campus's disability services office will provide you with an accommodation letter. Please share this letter with your instructors and discuss the accommodations with them as early in your courses as possible. You must follow this process for every semester that you request accommodations.

Accommodations for Military Personnel

Veterans and currently serving military personnel and/or spouses with unique circumstances (e.g., upcoming deployments, drill/duty requirements, disabilities, VA appointments, etc.) are welcome and encouraged to communicate these, in advance if possible, to the instructor in the case that special arrangements need to be made.

Use of Trade Names

Where trade names are used, no discrimination is intended and no endorsement by the World Campus, Outreach and Cooperative Extension, the College of Agricultural Sciences, or The Pennsylvania State University is implied.

Subject to Change Statement

Please note that this Course Syllabus is subject to change. Students are responsible for abiding by such changes.