Course learning objectives:
Upon completion of the course, the students should be able to:
1. understand and articulate the most common causes of environmental and natural resource policy problems;
2. diagnose a given environmental or natural resource policy problem and understand the strengths and weaknesses of major policy options in dealing with the problem; and
3. understand the political economy of designing and implementing environmental and natural resource policies in a given political, economic and social environment.
Course requirements and grading:
Participation in class discussion makes a significant contribution to the learning process. Students are expected to complete all reading assignments prior to each class meeting, and to be prepared to respond to questions and to engage in class discussion.
Three problem sets will be assigned, and each problem set will consist of quantitative questions and short essay questions. Students will also be required to write a term paper on a topic mutually agreed upon with the instructor. The paper can be on any topic in environmental and natural resource policy and should draw upon concepts presented in this course. For ideas on topics please see, inter alia, Useful Internet Resources below. Further details on the term paper will be posted on IVLE in week 2.
The grade for the class will be determined as follows (subject to revision based on class size):
Problem sets (details to be posted on IVLE) 30%
Term paper 30%
Final exam (open book) November 27, 2008 40%