A Forester's Guide to Striking a Balance Between Rules and Relationships
This virtual microcourse – curated by SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry’s Dr. Marianne Patinelli-Dubay – is an introduction to thinking about forest management through the lenses of rational and relational approaches. This microcourse will begin with a focus on applying rational thought to moral and ethical problems including the perennial tension between what we can do and what we should do, and how to transform a situation from what it is into what it ought to be. As a counterpoint to this approach, we will take up an ethic of care to consider the impact of NRM decisions on the relational landscape of the situation including our own sympathies, responsibilities and loyalties as well as those of stakeholders and constituencies.
Is this microcourse for you?
This microcourse is designed for foresters and natural resource professionals seeking an expanded exploration of professional ethics with forestry and natural resources relevant applications.
Registration remains open through September 19, 2024, 11:59 pm ET.
$34 for SAF Members
$54 for Non-members
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Note: Pricing has been reduced to accommodate the purchase of corresponding required microcourse materials through an external partner.
Microcourse content will be accessible starting September 19, 2023.
Microcourse access will remain open through September 19, 2024 at 11:59 pm ET.
Required Microcourse Materials
To complete this microcourse, purchasing the following book is required if you don't already have access to it:
Practical Ethics: A Field Guide for Resource Managers, by Marianne Patinelli-Dubay, Kendall Hunt Publishing, 2023. Purchase the book here!
Digital e-book access instructions are accessible within the Supporting Resources Tab above. Remember your e-book login for your unique access.
PLEASE NOTE: The digital e-book has a limited period of access - 180 days - and your unique login access. The printed hard copy has no access limit.
This microcourse is self-paced with an estimated completion time of 1.5 hours.
Upon successful completion of this microcourse, you will be able to:
1. Apply techniques to work through an ethically weighted situation.
2. Explain the "human dimensions" of the provided situation.
3. Identify the relational dynamics of the provided situation.
4. Analyze the hierarchy embedded within the provided management decision.
Successful completion of the microcourse is measured by the completion of all learning components. This includes viewing the presentation, reading the assigned chapters, reviewing the case study, and then downloading and completing a series of self-guided inquiries in worksheet form. Each of the two worksheets are tied to the scenario provided in the case study. These worksheets are yours to keep.
Participant feedback is appreciated to help the microcourse curators and subject matter experts continually improve the microcourse for future participants.
Upon successful completion of this microcourse, you will earn 1.5 CFEs in Category 1. CFEs will automatically be added to your CFE record located on www.eforester.org.
Upon successful completion of this microcourse and microcourse evaluation, participants may download and print a certificate verifying completion of the microcourse and earning CFEs. CFEs will be uploaded to participant CFE records by the end of the day (11:59 pm ET) upon microcourse completion.
Get Started or Return to Place in Microcourse
Once you are registered for the microcourse, access this microcourse within your MY DASHBOARD. You can pause at any point during the microcourse, and you can return right where you last left off. Simply select where you last left off and then keep on working your way through the microcourse. Connect with SAF if you have any access questions.
For ForestEd questions, visit FAQs or email ForestEdSupport@safnet.org. For questions about this microcourse's content email Marianne Patinelli-Dubay at email@example.com. For technical assistance, go to help.commpartners.com for self troubleshooting and/or live chat, or you can email ForestEdSupport@safnet.org.
This is a non-refundable item. Please view FAQs for additional information.