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Spring 2017-2018
* ENV 200A (SA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

The Environmental Nexus

Marc Fleurbaey
Lori Gruen
Robert Nixon
Stephen W. Pacala

This course offers an introduction to the scientific, technological, political, ethical and humanistic dimensions of the nexus of environmental problems that pose an unprecedented risk at mid-century: climate change, biodiversity loss, and food and water for 9 billion people. All sections of ENV 200 will meet together for lecture each week, but students will enroll in one of six possible precepts that will meet separately and pursue a particular disciplinary focus and earn credit for the corresponding distribution area.

Sample reading list:
John Broome, Climate Matters: Ethics in a Warming World
Jonathan Foley et al., Solutions for a cultivated planet
Elizabeth Kolbert, The Sixth Extinction
William Nordhaus, The Climate Casino Risk
Johan Rockstrom et al., Planetary boundaries
Michael Webber, Energy, Food,Water
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Students in this section of ENV 200 will be responsible for reading a small number of chapters or articles, or engaging with an equivalent amount of other media, before each lecture and precept. Friday interactive classes may require a short written response to questions posed (half page or less).

Mid Term Exam - 20%
Final Exam - 30%
Papers - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%
Problem set(s) - 15%
Other (See Instructor) - 5%

Equivalent Courses:
ENV 200A, ENV 200B, ENV 200C, ENV 200D, ENV 200E, ENV 200F are considered equivalent courses and cannot be taken multiple times for credit.

Other information:
Students who complete ENV 200A will satisfy the Social Analysis (SA) distribution requirement. ENV 200A precepts will focus on issues such as welfare economics of environmental policy, the treatment of uncertainty, inter- and intra-generational inequalities, complications arising from variable and changing population size, valuation of the environment, valuation of life, equity criteria, co-benefits and economic discounting. Other 5% = M/W/F lecture participation

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43067 L01 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am M W F   Peyton Hall   145   Enrolled:24 Limit:30
44174 P01 09:00:00 am - 09:50:00 am Th   Lewis Library   306   Enrolled:10 Limit:14
44175 P02 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am Th   Lewis Library   306   Enrolled:14 Limit:15
43099 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled