Ecosystem Resilience & Conservation

In this specialization, you will be exposed to different paradigms of natural resource management such as EcoCivilization Design, Sustainable Development, Payment for Ecosystem Services, Biosphere Reserves, and others. Special emphasis is placed on state-of-the-art strategies with respect to the role of communities in successful natural resource management in a changing world.

You will explore principle sources of conflict such as access to land and water, desertification, deforestation, human migration, and unpredictable effects that climate change has on each of them.

You will master broad, relevant skills such as GIS, modern communication methods, management of non-profit organizations, promotion of conflict resolution, and community-based disaster preparedness. You will apply this knowledge and practice these skills in a four-term community research project.


Class of 2019 Academic Calendar

Term 1
Feb 26 - June 29, 2018
Term 2
Aug 20 - Dec 21, 2018
Term 3
Feb 4 - June 7, 2019
Term 4
Aug 19 - Dec. 20, 2019
Completed Application Due January 5, 2018

Class of 2020 Academic Calendar

Term 1
Aug 20 - Dec 21, 2018
Term 2
Feb 4 - June 7, 2019
Term 3
Aug 19 - Dec 20, 2019
Term 4
Feb 3 - June 5, 2020
Completed Applications Due July 1, 2018

Skills You Will Learn:

  • Participatory community planning
  • Identification and mapping of community resources
  • Management of human and financial resources
  • Fundraising, grant writing, and project monitoring
  • Identification of key indicators for impact evaluation
  • Conflict prevention, analysis, and management
  • Growing action from continually shifting reality

Professional Skills Course Outline

ACC 601
Introduction to Applied Community Change
PSK 602
Strategic Resource Mapping
PRC 601
Graduate Study Foundations
PSK 601
Non-Profit Management
Field-based experiential learning (optional)
ACC 602
Health for All
PSK 604
21st Century Communication
PRC 602
Social Research Methods
Field-based experiential learning (optional)
ACC 603
Going to Scale
PSK 605
Volunteer Management
PSK 610
Bridging & Negotiating Differences
PRC 603
Monitoring & Evaluation
Field-based experiential learning (optional)
ACC 604
Sustainable Communities
PSK 613
Natural Resources & Conflict
PRC 604
Synthesis & Integration
Field-based experiential learning (optional)
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Professional Skills and Knowledge Course Summaries

  • ​PSK 602 - STRATEGIC RESOURCE MAPPING examines longitudinal societal, economic, geographic, natural resource, environmental, and political metrics and mapping for technical needs, natural resources, and effective intervention in communities and countries. Students learn mapping as a tool for narrating the change of communities - their assets, needs, boundaries, and trajectory.
  • PSK 604 - 21ST CENTURY COMMUNICATION introduces students to the basic tenets of branding, marketing, and using the Internet in the digital era. It equips them with skills for web design and social media. It introduces multimedia tools, platforms, and practices for effective local and global communication in the 21st century.
  • PSK 601 - NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT covers organizational skills and strategies for effective planning, funding, managing, leading, and partnering. Students gain an overview of financial management, grant writing, and reporting. They review effective methods to monitor and evaluate sustainable and scalable development projects.
  • PSK 610 - BRIDGING & NEGOTIATING DIFFERENCES situates engineering and social enterprise in broader development literature, diverse theories of change, cross-cultural wonder, power differentials, and inter-disciplinary work. Students move back-and-forth between very different realities, beginning with rural and urban, and then rich and poor, so as to ask of their own context and work, “Whose reality counts?”
  • PSK 613 - NATURAL RESOURCES & CONFLICT examines how natural resources – oil, minerals, land, forest, and water – complicate conflicts and expose low-income countries and communities to risk and instability. Students design innovative interventions for cooperation and conflict prevention for natural resources management, conflict analysis, local governance, and peacebuilding.