CSS 386 (4 credits)--Spring 2012
M, W, F 8:00—9:20 (CNR Room 25)
of everything you hear in a classroom is crap. Education is knowing
which half is which.“
The Rules of Planning: Advice
found on a wall in a Planning Office.
Social Sciences &
or by appointment
Department of Conservation Social Sciences &
Bioregional Planning Program
Advanced theory, processes and techniques for the
management and planning of conservation systems and working landscapes.
In-depth focus on
approaches such as comprehensive,
strategic, advocacy and communicative action planning; critical
examination of sprawl and
the alternatives for controlling development on natural sites and larger
landscapes at the urban-rural interface. Field trips required.
Prerequisites: CSS 385 and Junior or Senior standing; or Permission.
completed this course you will:
Be able to
design and demonstrate the use of conservation planning processes
that are sensitive to the needs of people and take into account the
sustainability of political, biophysical, social & economic
processes & institutions;
conversant in and be able to apply planning theories and concepts
and appropriately use planning terms commonly used in conservation;
Be able to
discern between kinds, styles and purposes of conservation planning
in the public, private and nongovernmental sectors;
and be able to explain the alternative roles for clients, citizens,
technocrats, governments and enterprises in conservation planning;
Be able to
produce simple, but technically robust, planning documents;
Be able to
apply conservation planning frameworks and understand their
strengths and weaknesses;
Be able to
understand the nature and limitations of planning for the future,
and understand the role of professional judgment; and
Be able to
work effectively in groups of divergent professional and personal
We will be using 2 textbooks this year.
Brooks, M. F. (2002). Planning theory for
practitioners. Chicago, IL: Planners Press.
(1999). When city and country collide. Washington,
D.C.: Island Press.
available on the web or via email, or as announced in class.
your book or readings to class since group discussions and class
exercises will require you to have access to the information in them.
Class projects will also require ready access to these
The class meets
for 80 minutes, three days (M, W, F) a week. Classroom sessions will
include traditional lecturing interspersed with small interactive group
sessions to go over readings and to work on projects. Brainstorming,
case simulations, demonstrations, free writing, presentations and other
interactive methods will be use to exchange ideas and information during
interactive style of teaching, and the cooperative nature of planning,
makes it imperative that students attend all classes. Attendance
is also a requirement because much of the work and most of your
knowledge (and your grade) will derive directly from our classroom
encounters. Class participation will be graded. Any more
than 3 unexcused absences will result in your grade being lowered one
letter grade. Thereafter, it will be lowered 1 letter grade for each
additional unexcused absence. If you must miss class for a
legitimate reason (sick, field trip, attending a conference, job
interview, etc.), please notify one of us prior to class if you
call or email, or make arrangements with us in class.
the efficient exchange of information and ideas we emphasize the
and projects are due by the start of class (8:00 a.m.) unless stated
otherwise in the schedule. Late work will cost you or your team 10%
It is one
mark of professionalism to be able to express yourself clearly and
concisely following the rules of expression generally accepted by
professionals. Spelling and grammatical errors will be marked down.
All assignments and projects must be checked for grammar and
spelling. We would appreciate line spacing of at least 1.5 lines;
this will leave us ample room to share our comments.
or final paper or project, excluding work that is done during class,
that you submit for grade or review MUST have been produced on a
word processor and run through spelling and grammar check utilities.
It is your responsibility to save a copy in more than one secure
Handwritten papers, and papers that have obviously not been
proofed for spelling and grammar, will receive no grade.
Writing Center (Room 323 in the Idaho Commons) can help you improve
your writing. For reference and citation format this website can
You can expect to work 6-9 hours a week on readings and
other class assignments outside of class. You will need to meet outside
of regular classroom hours to work on class projects/homework. We
will dedicate some class time to group work.
available to meet with you to go over lectures, readings, or to help
on projects in class and during office hours. We are also available
by appointment; please call or stop by our offices if you ever need
attendance is required, as is active
Active Participation includes:
Active Participation does NOT
The Critical Role of Service
Learning in Planning and Community Engagement:
The College of
Natural Resources has committed to programs that integrate ecological,
social and natural resource science and management systems and is
guided, in part, by the following principles:
Use collaboration and partnerships to leverage
resources to enhance the visibility, relevance and impact of
Promote sustainability to achieve regional
economic well being and natural systems protection; and
Seek diverse perspectives and knowledge to
enrich our understanding of the region and each other.
The Department of Conservation Social
Sciences seeks to increase the capacity of the conservation community so
that their contributions reflect a sensitive and responsible approach to
the management of cultural and natural resource landscapes, the needs of
communities, social-ecological systems and environmental change.
Service-learning is widely use by the department
to enhance the education program of its students by bridging the gap
between theory and practice.
Our goal is to collect and integrate conceptual and practical
information to support conservation planning
on the Palouse as a service-learning
Learning is an enhancement to the more common
student-centered projects widely used in planning and natural resources
curricula. Sigmon (1979) defines service learning as an experiential
approach premised on “reciprocal learning,” where learning flows from
service activities to both those that provide service and those who
receive it. At the University of Idaho service learning is recognized as a course-based, credit-bearing educational experience
Provides an organized
service activity that meets identified community needs;
students reflect on the service activity;
Leads to gaining
further understanding of course content and an appreciation of the
Enhances their sense
of civic responsibility.
“Academic service learning is a pedagogical model
that intentionally integrates academic learning and relevant community
service” (Howard, 1998). The literature on service learning identifies
five additional characteristics that are of special significance to our
Places an emphasis on
the different ways of understanding;
Values the human
experience as a source of learning;
thinking to transform experience into learning;
Provides an ethical
foundation that stresses citizenship to community, profession, and a
larger public interest; and
participation, not just of students, but of faculty and community as
learners through prolonged engagement.
a particularly despicable form of academic dishonesty that we do NOT
Plagiarism involves, but is not limited to: 1)
directly copying short pieces of another person’s writing, with or
without minor re-wording, without crediting the original source,
2) copying longer sections (more than a few sentences)
with or without citing the source and
not indicating the directly quoted passages. The UI Student
Code of Conduct governs academic honesty. All suspected instances of
academic dishonesty are referred to the Dean of Students. Sanctions,
including a grade of "F" for the course, may be imposed.
Please be very zealous in citing sources when you
write. Even a sentence or two of plagiarism in a document is considered scientific misconduct. It is tempting and
easy to copy text, but it works against the
educational process and is a form of theft. For excellent discussions on
Services Reasonable Accommodations Statement:
Reasonable accommodations are available for students
with a documented disability. Please notify us, in writing, during
the first week of class of accommodations you may need for this course.
Late notification may mean that requested accommodations might not be
available. All accommodations must be approved through Disability
Support Services located in room 306 of the Idaho Commons.
Class participation and attendance is graded.
There will be 10
integrative writing assignments
that provide an opportunity to explore in
essay format what you are learning.
There will be one group project. Several class sessions have been
set aside for project work. As a part of the group project you will
have the opportunity to evaluate your other team members.
There will be two exams focusing largely on information synthesis
and problem solving, but will also cover factual knowledge,
analytical skills, critical thinking and application. Both exams
will be based on an understanding and application of readings,
lectures, discussions, projects, exercises and all other material
covered during the semester.
Participation and Attendance
writing ........................................................ 20%
that goes beyond analysis and use of course material to
synthesize concepts in a valid and novel or creative way.
Very good to
excellent work that analyzes and uses material explored in
class and is a reasonable attempt to synthesize material.
Adequate work that
satisfies assignments, but represents a limited analysis and
use of material explored in class.
Passing work that
is minimally adequate, raising serious concern about
readiness to continue in the major and the profession.
Failing work that
is clearly inadequate and unworthy of credit.
the right to curve grades. Also points may be shifted if the dynamics of
the course require it. If changes are proposed you will be informed of
the decision. It is your responsibility to maintain a current schedule.