Anthropology | Sem in Cultural Ecology:Global Environmental Change:Theory & Research
E620 | 0479 | Moran

1. Prepare a competitive research proposal that can be submitted to an
agency or foundation that supports research on the human dimensions of
global change.

2. Understand how social scientists and environmental scientists reconcile
their traditional methods of site-specific research with the demands
placed upon them by a global change agenda.  The course reviews the
methodologies used by environmental social scientists and biological
ecologists in light of the questions posed by global environmental
change: global warming, deforestation, and land-use/land cover change will
receive particular attention during the course, but student projects will
explore other topics as well.

3. Cover major statements by expert panels on global environmental change,
and critique this agenda and explore how to link questions of local and
regional interest within this agenda.  The challenge posed by a global
change agenda resides in the demands it places on how to locate local and
regional studies so that they can inform questions of global change.
Issues of sampling, criteria for site selection, and how to ensure
comparability of data across highly diverse sites (in terms of history,
culture, social organization, language, ecologies, etc.) are of particular

Required Books:

National Research Council, Human Dimensions of Global Environmental
Change; Research Pathways for the Next Decade. Washington DC: National
Research Council, 1999.

Liverman, D. et al. 1998. People and Pixels: Linking Remote Sensing and
the Social Sciences. Washington DC: National Academy Press.

Stern and Easterling. 1999. Making Climate Forecasts Matter. Washington
DC: National Research Council.

Our Changing Planet: The FY 2000 U.S. Global Change Research Program.


This course requires one seminar oral presentation, one "intent to submit
proposal" (a 2-3 pp. pre-proposal), one preliminary proposal (for feedback
from the instructor) and one completed research proposal.  The in-class
seminar is 20% of the final grade, the intent to submit proposal is 20%,
the preliminary draft of the proposal is 20%, and the final proposal is 40
percent of the final grade.  Active, in-class participation in all
seminars is expected.  Evidence of having read the readings for the week
is expected--through questions and active engagement in ideas.  The
in-class seminar will provide each student with an opportunity to delve
deeply into one literature on global change.  A minimum presentation of 30
min. is expected with the balance being a product of seminar members
discussion on the topic.  Examples of the pre-proposal will be distributed
as models, and examples of successful research proposals will be placed on
reserve at the library.

Each student will prepare a research proposal conceptualized to address
global environmental change issues.  This will provide practice for
proposals to be submitted to funding agencies.  The proposal will follow
all criteria outlined by an agency specified in the proposal.  Among the
major ones currently funding global environmental change are NSF, NIH,
NOAA, NASA, and NIGEC/DOE.  These forms and guidelines will be provided in
class and discussed early on in the semester.