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Fall 2011-2012
* GEO 297 / ENV 399 (STN)   na, npdf

Environmental Decision Making

Gregory E. van der Vink

Use of scientific data and arguments in formulating environmental policies, international development, poverty reduction, economic growth, conflict, and risk assessment. Class format consists of case studies for which students analyze the scientific arguments, evaluate the data upon which they are based, and determine the scientific credibility, political feasibility, and economic consequences of the various decisions.

Sample reading list:
Data sets on E-Reserve,
Problem set data on special class web site,
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Course readings are drawn from scientific articles, web-based data sets, Congressional hearing records, government reports and media accounts. Weekly class exercises, a written proposal for an environmentally-sustainable economic development project, a one day field trip, an oral presentation, and a final exam.

Requirements/Grading:
Final Exam - 30%
Papers - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Problem set(s) - 30%

Other information:
You will be required to make and support specific conclusions and recommendations. Your actions will be compared against those of the actual decision-makers and the accuracy of your predictions will be evaluated against environmental, economic, and political outcomes. Field trip will be on coastal development and the impacts of climate change.

Reserved Seats:
Sophomores Only 7
Juniors Only 10
Seniors Only 3

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20503 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm M   Guyot Hall   155   Enrolled:23 Limit:20 Closed