International Development, Community, and Environment

Title

Re-Imagining Environmental Science and Policy Graduate Education for the Twenty-First Century Using an Integrative Frame

Document Type

Article

Abstract

To meet society’s need to better understand and respond to ever-more complex, interwoven problems of environment, development, and society—including environmental health risks, climate change adaptation, and sustainable development—we applied an integrative frame to re-imagine, re-design, and deploy a professionally oriented, academically rigorous 2-year/12-unit Master of Science program. Our scholar–practitioner faculty uses the framework to tackle complex, real-world problems, emerging from a strong interdisciplinary ethos. It thus acts as a pragmatic system to guide pedagogy, curriculum, research and practice, and student experience. The frame weaves together six domains (6-D): (1) project framing, concept, and design; (2) development topics and sectors; (3) stakeholder interests, assets, and relationships; (4) knowledge types, disciplines, models, and methods; (5) variable temporal and spatial scales and networks; and (6) socio-technical capacities. At our institution, the need to replace 2.0 of 3.5 tenure/tenure-track program faculty posed both a challenge and an opportunity to re-think one of the oldest environmental science and policy programs in the USA which began in 1971. We pose and answer: What kinds of integrative educational experience, curriculum, and research practicum can best prepare environmental MS students in the twenty-first century? Two examples—one domestic, one international—illustrate the practicum.

Publication Title

Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences

Publication Date

6-1-2017

Volume

7

Issue

2

First Page

177

Last Page

188

ISSN

2190-6483

DOI

10.1007/s13412-017-0423-z

Keywords

environment and development, environment, development, integrative, Master of Science

Disciplines

Development Studies | Education | Environmental Studies | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Sociology

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