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    Macalester College
  Feb 19, 2018
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ENVI 375 - Rural Landscapes and Livelihoods

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Rural Landscapes and Livelihoods: A Geography of Rural Landuse and Community Change introduces students to Rural Geography, a sub-discipline within Geography. This course emphasizes the linkages between rural and urban environments, and human and physical landscapes through the evaluation of landuse and community change in rural areas throughout the US. We will explore the implications of demographic (including migration and immigration), economic, cultural, and environmental changes for rural environs using several case studies from across the US and Western Europe, including an overnight field trip to northern Minnesota and Wisconsin. Rural community strategies for adapting to and accommodating competing demands for water and landuse will be considered, including pressure for new housing developments, recreation opportunities (boating, fishing, hiking, biking), and conservation needs. Students will be exposed to theoretical and empirical approaches to rural development in different regional contexts, as well as problems associated with these development paradigms. We will explore the rapidly changing rural environments in a developed world context in order to deepen our understanding of the interconnectedness of human and physical systems more broadly. $35 field trip fee. Spring semester. (4 Credits)