Brief Description of the Major Field
The masteral programs in social forestry aim to develop professional leadership in the promotion of social forestry as a strategy in the development of both human as well as forest and other natural resources.
A prospective student in social foresty must be a holder of the bachelor's degree in forestry or relevant discipline or its equivalent from any recognized institution.
Being trained in an interdisciplinary mode, graduates of MS Forestry: Social Foresty can actively seek employment as faculty member, researcher or extension manager in broad areas of forest management (e.g. comuunity based forest management, watershed management, park management, etc.), or serve as consultant or development planner for LGU's and international development organizations. The scope of social forestry provides wide latitude for professional engagement.
Requirements and Mechanics
The MFor: SFFG is a non-thesis program, it requires a minimum of 31 units, these are 18-21 units of major courses including core courses SFFG 201, SFFG 212, SFFG 233, SFFG 263, SFFG 290 and other major courses SFFG 280, SFFG 287, SFFG 291, SFI 123; 1 unit of seminar; and 9-12 units of minor courses.
Suggested fields of cognate for MF and MS programs: Agronomy, Horticulture, Animal Science, Economics, Food Science, Human Ecology, Agricultural Education, Extension Education, Community Development, Forest Management, Silviculture and Forest Influences, Development Communication.
SFFG 201. Comparative Social Forestry (3). Perspectives in social forestry; analysis of social forestry programs. 3 hrs (class). PR. SFFG 101 or COI. (1)
SFFG 212. Program Development and Evaluation in Social Forestry (3). Theories, principles, and processes of program development and evaluation; their application to social forestry. 3 hrs (class). PR. SFFG 201 or COI. (2)
SFFG 221/ENS 221). Environmental and Natural Resource Policy Formulation (3). Theories, concepts and issues in environmental and natural resource policy formulation; case studies with special reference to developing countries. 3 hrs (class). PR. COI. (1,2)
SFFG 224. Alternative Theories and Methods of Policy Analysis in Natural Resources (3). Survey, critique and applications of alternative theories and methods in the analysis of natural resource policies. 3 hrs (class). PR. FRM 124 or COI. (2)
SFFG 229. Public Administration of Forest Resources (3). Execution of forest resources programs, especially administered by the forestry agencies in the Philippines. 3 hrs (lect.). PR. FRM 124 or COI. (1)
SFFG 233. Agroforestry Management Practice (3). Microanalysis and application of management principles on agroforestry farms. 7 hrs (1 class, 6 practicum). PR. SFFG 133 or COI. (2, S)
SFFG 263. Cultures and Societies in Tropical Forest Ecosystems (3). Community and forest interactions in the tropics, with special reference to Southeast Asia. 3 hrs (class). PR. SFFG 163 or COI. (1)
SFFG 280. Swidden Farming Systems (3). Social, economic, and cultural factors underlying the practice of swidden farming; technologies, practices, and policies involved in its management. 3 hrs (class). PR. COI. (2)
SFFG 287. Conflict Management in Forestry (3). Analysis and management of conflicts to promote forest resources development and conservation. 3 hrs (class). PR. SFFG 201 or COI.
SFFG 290. Special Problems (1-3). May be taken twice provided that the total number of units to be credited to the student’s program will not exceed 4 units.
SFFG 291. Special Topics (1-3). May be taken twice provided that the total number of units to be credited to the student’s program will not exceed 4 units.
SFFG 299. Graduate Seminar (1). May be taken twice.
FOR 300. Master’s Thesis (6). (1,2,S)
Phone Number: (049) 536-3493