CARI: Center for Applied Rural Innovation


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Center for Sustainable Agricultural Systems

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

225 Keim Hall

Lincoln NE 68583-0949


Copyright 1999 University of Nebraska-Lincoln


An introduction of the students to the structure and expectations of the course, the learning objectives, and the evaluation procedures for determining grades. Through a lecture/slide presentation. the students are introduced to the concept of the landscape as the key level in the spatial hierarchy for evaluating the effects of land use decisions. The relationship between landscape structure and landscape function is explored. A gallery walk exercise promotes interaction among the students as they draw on their own knowledge to determine the factors at each level of the spatial hierarchy that are most important in influencing land use decisions. Readings from Under the Blade: The Introduction describes the spatial hierarchy for evaluating land use decisions. and the socio-economic paradigm that governs most land use decisions. Chapter 2 supplements the lecture on landscape structure and functions. The Austin. Texas case study illustrates a land use debate that focuses on water quality rather than agricultural production.