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Spring 2017-2018
WWS 350 / ENV 350 (STN)   na, npdf

The Environment: Science and Policy

Gregory B. Jaczko
Jin Sato

This course examines the ways domestic (US) and international environmental regulatory frameworks adopt, interpret and otherwise accommodate scientific information. The course focuses on several case studies from around the world that provide insights into the science-policy interactions which emerge from managing natural resources and environmental risk along with related socio-political issues. Topics include air pollution; climate change; managing fisheries, and nuclear risk. Students will explore the science underlying these issues as well as current policies and the range of future policy responses.

Sample reading list:
Ostrom, Governing the Commons
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Summary for Policymakers
Koonin, Steve, "Climate Science is not Settled" WSJ 9/19/14
Lizza, Ryan, As the World Burns
The New Yorker, October 22, 2010
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 100 pages/week. Class participation includes grades on weekly assignments.

Mid Term Exam - 25%
Final Exam - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 35%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Reserved Seats:
WWS and WPP Students Only 45

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42508 L01 10:00 am - 10:50 am T Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:105
43115 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:150