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Fall 2014-2015
GEO 499 / ENV 499   na, npdf

Environmental Change, Poverty, and Conflict

Gregory E. van der Vink

We will evaluate the environmental, political, social, and economic impacts of climate change on development, poverty-reduction, civil violence, and conflict. Students work in teams integrating climate prediction models with environmental, social, and economic parameters to identify fragile populations that are becoming increasingly at risk due to climate change. Class results submitted for publication and presented to appropriate policy-makers and/or business leaders.


Sample reading list:
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
No textbook. All material and data sets are on electronic reserve and a special class website. Readings include scientific articles, government publications, United Nations documents, World Bank reports, and excerpts from selected books. Each week students distribute their results to the class and identify tasks for the following week.

Requirements/Grading:
Take Home Final Exam - 25%
Papers - 50%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Other information:
This course does not count toward your GEO requirements.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20506 S01 7:30 pm - 10:20 pm M   Guyot Hall   155   Enrolled:15 Limit:25 Closed