Political Science | Empirical Theory & Methodology (3 cr)
Y773 | 3736 | Ostrom
Y773 is co-taught by Elinor Ostrom and Catherine Tucker
This course meets at 513 N. Park and MEETS THE FIRST EIGHT WEEKS ONLY
Both popular and scientific concern over deforestation is a historically
high level. Yet standard macro level explanations for deforestation such as
the population, income level, conversion of forest to agriculture, and the
penetration of global markets do not account for much of the variation found
in forest condition and forest use at the micro (or local) level. The
International Forestry Resources and Institutions Research Program (IFRI)
was created in an attempt to explore the factors operate at the local level,
especially those that influence a community's relationship to their forest.
The methods used are drawn from the social, natural, and physical sciences
in order to achieve a comprehensive understanding of local-level processes.
The formal and informal rules that community members follow are of
particular interest to the program. Colleagues are currently using the IFRI
method in dozens of forests and communities in more than ten countries.
This course is designed for graduate students who seek to learn the methods
and approaches of an active, ongoing research program which is exploring the
human dimensions of environmental change. The course not only trains
students in IFRI's methods, but students are also expected to lead an actual
case study from the area that will be used by IFRI researchers. Students
should be aware that Y773 is scheduled as an eight-week course (the first
eight weeks of the semester), and it requires several evenings and Saturdays
of fieldwork during the first half of the course.