Pretty easy, overall.
It was a very interesting coursed which focused both on the science of conservation as well as the cultural questions which come in to play when practicing conservation. The course fully explores all sides of the arguments and gives you a robust understanding of all of the practices, trouble, and moral questions surrounding conservation issues. It illustrates how there are no right or wrong perfect answers and just how complicated this field is. The professor is genuinely interested in the subject and it shows in his teachings. It was my favorite class last semester.
My favorite part of this class was how the professor tested our moral limits. Many people came into the class feeling one way about conservation but left feeling very differently. My favorite days in class is where he would call a few kids up and have them arrange themselves in order of how strongly they felt about the morality of question in one direction or another and then had us justify our stances based on what we learned. We always had students with a variety of different stances and none of them were wrong, it really illustrated how complex these issues are and challenged our moral beliefs.
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Advice for students:
Make sure you go to class, this course is easy as long as you show up. They are not harsh graders either, so as long as you put the effort in you should do fine. Remember that the professor is not always interested in right or wrong answers he wants to see the complexities of the issues explored so in your essays its important that you go over opposing opinions and recognize the value in other stances.