University of Saskachewan

Bethany Haalboom

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Indigenous Land Management Institute

Courses taught

Qualitative Research Design (Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University)

In 2006, I co-taught a course in Qualitative Research Design with Dr. Lisa Campbell (the course designer), while based at the Duke University Marine Laboratory.  The course was primarily geared towards environmental management students (graduate level) who had no previous experience with qualitative methods.  This course addressed both the philosophy of qualitative research as well as introducing students to specific methods. Student learning in this course, especially important in a methods course, was facilitated by having them carry out a mini-qualitative research project involving the collection and analysis of focus group data.  In addition, students took on different qualitative research topics and presented these as seminars to their classmates, thereby enhancing learning through teaching.  Students also gained evaluation skills through providing and receiving peer feedback on these seminars.  Student critical evaluation skills were honed through reading assigned articles and assessing the methods used through group discussion and individual written critiques. 

Sustainable Development and Marine Tourism (Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University)

In 2007, I designed and delivered a 5-week intensive course on Sustainable Development and Marine Tourism at the Duke University Marine Laboratory, geared towards professional environmental management students. Due to the varying education levels and backgrounds of the students, I developed the course as an introduction to the topic of marine ecotourism.  I exposed the students to a diversity of theoretical and case study literature from different disciplines to demonstrate the links between actors involved in marine tourism activities at different geographic scales. Students were taught to analyze the wide range of social and environmental impacts related to marine tourism and to consider management alternatives. This also involved students critically analyzing and unpacking relevant environmental and tourism concepts such as 'sustainable development' through open class discussions and small group activities (e.g. debates).

Recent Courses

Environmental Data Analysis and Management (School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan)

Sustainable Cities and Regions (Department of Geography and Planning, University of Saskatchewan)