CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS

The TCD Certificate program is available to Ph.D. and Master’s students from TCD affiliate departments as well as MALAS (M.A. in Latin American Studies) and MDP (Masters in Sustainable Development Practice) students.

Ph.D. students from affiliate departments and MALAS students are required to take 3 TCD Core Courses (9 credit hours) as detailed below.  Masters students from affiliate departments and MDP students are required to take 2 TCD Core Courses (6 credit hours) as detailed below.  Additionally, all are required to take one tropical ecology course (3 credit hours) and one social science course (3 credit hours).


Curriculum requirements

MALAS and PhD students must take:

  • One TCD conceptual core course (LAS 6290 or equivalents listed below),
  • One TCD core skills course (LAS 6291 or equivalents listed below), and
  • One additional TCD core course from the menu of TCD core courses listed below.
  • One tropical ecology course from a large menu of courses.
  • One social science course from a large menu of courses.

Master’s students from affiliate departments and MDP students must take:

  • One TCD conceptual core course (LAS 6290 or equivalents listed below) and
  • One TCD core skills course (LAS 6291 or equivalents listed below)
  • One tropical ecology course from a large menu of courses.
  • One social science course from a large menu of courses.

TCD Core Courses

Tropical Conservation and Development Concepts

These courses are designed to encourage in-class interactions between students from both social and biophysical sciences. The courses are intended to bridge theory and practice, cross scales, include team or group work, integrate social and biophysical sciences in course literature and content, and engage students as partners in learning and encourage student reflection. These courses are ideally team-taught by professors from both biophysical and social sciences.

  • LAS 6290 The Amazon
  • LAS 6290/FOR 6934 Community Forest Management
  • LAS 6290 Knowledge, Governance and Land Use Dynamics in the Tropics
  • LAS 6290 Ethnoecology and Conservation
  • LAS 6290 Interdisciplinary Research and Practice for Social-Environmental Management
  • LAS 6943 Development Theory and Practice in Latin America and Africa
  • LAS 6292 Tropical Gardens-Theory and Practice Pt 1: Creating a Latin American Garden
  • GEO 6938 Management of Protected Areas in Africa and the Americas
  • GEO 6938 Community Conservation and Rural Development in Africa
  • LAS 6943 Development Theory and Practice in Latin America and Africa
  • LAS 6938 Power and Environment: Political Ecology Perspectives on Conservation and Development

Conservation and Development Skills

These courses are designed so that students gain knowledge of the theory and concepts behind the focused skills, but additionally, practice them over the course of the semester. The courses include team or group work, engage students as partners in learning, and encourage student reflection.

  • LAS 6291 Fundraising for TCD Professionals
  • LAS 6291 Communication and Leadership Skills
  • LAS 6291 Conflict and Collaboration Management
  • LAS 6291 Facilitation Skills for Adaptive Management
  • LAS 6291/WIS 6934 Systematic Planning for Conservation Projects
  • LAW 6930 Conservation Clinic

Methods

TCD core methods courses are designed to integrate social and biophysical sciences in course literature and content, focus on research methods, and involve team or group work. These courses are ideally team-taught by professors from both biophysical and social sciences.

  • LAS 6292/FOR 6934 Field Skills for Forest Conservation

TCD Practicum


Course Substitutions

Course substitutions can only be made with prior approval from the TCD Program. To request a course substitution, send an e-mail message to the TCD Academic Advisor, explaining the proposed substitution. Please attach an electronic copy of the alternate course syllabus.