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RAP Curriculum

The RAP curriculum is undergoing significant change in an effort to provide students greater flexibility in designing their degree program.  Effective Academic year 2016-2017, RAP students will take five credits of required core courses their first year and an additional seven credits of interdisciplinary coursework during their graduate career to complete the program.  Credit can be given for interdisciplinary UAF graduate courses already taken.


CORE COURSES (required)

The Resilience and Adaptation Program begins with a year of coursework that that provides students with the background, concepts, and tools to address sustainability issues from ecological, cultural, political and economic perspectives.

Module courses: offered in fall semester in Natural Science, Economics and Human Dimensions.  These three 1 credit background courses provide fundamental disciplinary perspectives; make students conversant in a discipline in which they have little-to-no experience; build a common vocabulary and frameworks for interdisciplinary sustainability science. 

Resilience Seminar I:  1 credit offered fall semester.  This seminar facilitates discussion among students of each new cohort to explore and apply issues of sustainability and interdisciplinary studies relevant to research in the North.  Students will gain an understanding of the rewards and challenges of interdisciplinary research, will gain exposure logistics of interdisciplinary research and working in interdisciplinary research teams and understand how and under what circumstances resilience theory and research is being applied in the “real world” by RAP alumni.

Resilience Seminar II: Methods for Interdisciplinary Research.  1 credit offered spring semester.  This course aims to provide graduate students with an overview of research methods used in various social and bio-physical sciences.  It was developed especially for students conducting interdisciplinary research and will benefit students early in their graduate degree who want exposure to a variety of methods for addressing their research questions. It will also benefit students at any stage of their graduate degree who plan to pursue a career that requires collaboration with people from outside their discipline, or the ability to utilize a broad array of research tools.



Global to Local Sustainability: 3 credits; offered fall semester; team taught. This course provides understanding and critique of resilience theory, vulnerability analysis, and sustainability science literature.

Integrated Assessment & Adaptive Management: 3 credits; offered alternate spring semesters; team taught. This course trains students in the use of methods and practices of using integrated assessment for decision making; students work in teams to complete an integrated assessment that contributes to the policy process.

Resilience Internship: 2 credits; generally taken in the first summer of study. RAP encourages internships as a practical means of obtaining interdisciplinary experience.  Internships may either directly address or complement the student’s research project.  Students may apply for internships offered by RAP partners (EPSCOR) (WERC) federal and state agencies and NGOs.  Internship may also be self- designed to build skills and experience outside the student’s home discipline. 

Interdisciplinary Courses that can be used to complete the RAP Program

Highly individualized and yet bound by an interest in interdisciplinary research, RAP strives to meet the curriculum needs of each student.  After completing the five core credits, students may select seven elective credits. Download this xcel file to see a list of relevant courses >>> 


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