Dr. Michael Schuett teaches these courses in the human dimensions of natural resources:

RPTS 316 Recreation Management of Wildlands (Undergraduate)

Purpose of the Course
This course is an introduction of the recreation management of wildlands. The material and assignments from this course will familiarize the student with systems and techniques for dealing with management problem and understanding visitor use, the agencies/organizations that are involved in recreational management and factors that can influence it.

Learning Outcomes
1. Identify important concepts and issues in wildland recreation management.

2. Describe the missions of important agencies and organizations that provide wildland

3. Analyze current issues in wildland recreation policy.

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4. Distinguish common benefits and impacts of outdoor recreation in wildland areas.

5. Evaluate the factors that influence wildland recreation management.

6. Experience the many facets of managing a recreation wildland area by participating in a field trip.


RPTS 666 Parks, Tourism and the Natural and Cultural Environment (Graduate)

Purpose of the Course
This course analyzes natural and cultural management on public lands in the United States. We will focus on the interrelationships between people and public lands concentrating on how these interactions impact policy and management at the national, state and local levels. Through the current literature (recreation, tourism and social sciences), case studies and personal communication with experts in the field, we will explore conceptual and legal frameworks to study the use and management of our public lands and connect theory to a real-world context.

Learning Outcomes
1. Identify political, social, legal, and economic influences on the development and management of recreation and tourism in protected areas.

2. Investigate cases demonstrating issues related to policy and management in protected areas.

3. Describe situations, examine processes and critique decision-making outcomes connected with the use and management of our public lands.

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4. Be able to define issues, propose solutions, and defend your conclusions on real-world problems on federal public lands.

5. Be familiar with the legislative mandates, missions and social science programs for the U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service.

6. Develop and present an in-depth analysis of a case study that analyzes the political, social and environmental dimensions of parks, tourism, and natural or cultural environments.


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