The goal of this case study is to encourage students to develop an appreciation for systems thinking through the construction of a conceptual model of household vulnerability in Uganda. Students will work in small teams to review vulnerability literature and studies focused on Uganda. Students will then use that information to construct a concept map that highlights the linkages among multiple variables and identify points of intervention that are effective in reducing household vulnerability and improving coping capacity to various stressors.
- Understand the structure and behavior of socio-environmental systems
- Consider the importance of scale and context in addressing socio-environmental problems
- Co-develop research questions and conceptual models in inter- or trans-disciplinary teams
- Find, analyze, and synthesize existing data, concepts, or methods