Explore the environmental laws, bureaucracies, and non-government actors that direct and organize the management of natural resources in North America. Discuss barriers to effective natural resource governance in different nations and trans-nationally. Investigate the effectiveness of a local government agency.
A thorough understanding of natural resource administration in North America benefits all students by providing a foundational understanding of a well-established governance hierarchy. Learners who go on to serve in other nations can build on this foundation and thereby grasp the nuances and variances of natural resource administration in those nations. Learners who go on to work within natural resource management in Canada or the USA benefit directly from the knowledge gained in this course.
Natural resource administration is the formal organization and operation of government and non-government bodies to coordinate and direct the use and/or protection of natural resources. Natural resource managers must work within the bounds of the applicable governance hierarchy.
The Bible instructs us to be stewards of nature (Gen. 1:26-28, Gen. 2:15) and subject to governing authorities (Rom 13:1, I Peter 2:13, Titus 3:1).
This course prepares missional students to be better informed and more effective stewards of creation.
Learners are exposed to the contextual realities of natural resource administration in different nations and trans-nationally.
Though the focus of this course is natural resource administration in North America, learners use this foundation to gain insight into barriers to effective natural resource governance in other parts of the world.
Creation care is conducted within the bounds of existing natural resource governance hierarchies.
Learners investigate an agency local to them and conduct interviews with practitioners.