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Fall 2018

Environmental Economics ( ENVIRON 805K ) (Junjie Zhang)
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Environmental Economics ( ENVIRON 805K )


This course provides an overview of environmental economics by introducing analytical methods and tools to analyze environmental problems and identify policy solutions. The first part of the course provides a microeconomic foundation of environmental economics, with a focus on market efficiency and market failures. The second part introduces environmental policy decision tools such as benefit-cost analysis and cost-effectiveness criterion. In particular, this part focuses on benefits estimation including revealed preference approaches and stated preference approaches. The third part discusses environmental regulation, with topics covering command-and-control regulation, market-based approaches, and behavioral interventions. The challenges of applying economic instruments to real world environmental problems will be also discussed, such as time and space, risk and uncertainty, compliance and enforcement, etc. This course is expected to stimulate critical thinking about environmental challenges and policy solutions. 

Environmental GIS ( ENVIRON 759K ) (Binbin Li)
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Environmental GIS ( ENVIRON 759K )


Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a computer-based tool that uses spatial data to analyze and solve problems. This course introduces students to the core concepts and latest application of geographic information system in environment area. It will give an in-depth overview of the key data types (raster and vector files) in this area, data collection and entry, data management, data analysis and output using ArcGIS. This course will also introduce application of GIS in real world problem solving, such as species habitat mapping and conservation planning. Students will be exposed to Google Earth, QGIS and other open source GIS tools. 

Environmental Law ( ENVIRON 835K ) (Kathinka Fürst)
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Environmental Law ( ENVIRON 835K )


This is an introductory environmental law course, with emphasis on the practical use and application of legal concepts within the context of pollution control and resource management. This class will explore the role of law, regulation and governance in protecting, managing and restoring the environment and natural resources. Understanding these processes in China will be the main focus of the class. On occasions, cases from other jurisdictions will be included in the syllabus.

Environmental Policy Analysis ( PUBPOL 871K ) (Patrick Ward)
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Environmental Policy Analysis ( PUBPOL 871K )


The course will introduce the concept of policy analysis, and the special challenges posed by environmental policy analysis.  These include the importance of translating core terms and concepts between cultures-such as China and the U.S.-so that policy analysts in differing countries can learn from one another’s experiences –“translating between operating systems or OS” --and cooperate in devising policies to address common challenges.  

Key Topics in International Environmental Policy ( ENVIRON 600K ) (Moon Joon Kim)
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Key Topics in International Environmental Policy ( ENVIRON 600K )


This modular course will use a case-based curriculum to give an overview of the key areas in international environmental policy. The course will include seven modules covering international environmental economics, international environmental policy and politics, and international environmental negotiations. Students will be expected to participate in policy debates and simulations.  The principal goal of the course is to preview the application of social sciences (economics, public policy, and political science) to the environment, and facilitate the translation of core curricular concepts into a variety of real-word applications.

Masters Project ( ENVIRON 898K ) (John Ji)
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Masters Project ( ENVIRON 898K )


This course is designed to help students develop a Masters Project (MP). This course will guide students in conceptualizing an idea, identifying key environmental policy question, writing a prospectus, finding an advisor, finding a client, designing an analytical approach, data collection, and a producing a draft of their project. 

Modeling for Energy Systems Analysis ( ENVIRON 716K ) (Dalia Patino-Echeverri)
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Modeling for Energy Systems Analysis ( ENVIRON 716K )


This course is an introduction to the use of computer models and the methods of optimization and simulation for students interested in the analysis of energy systems. The course makes emphasis in the formulation of optimization problems and simulation models, and in the identification of the available methods to solve them.
Our goal is to enable students to formulate, implement, and use their own quantitative model to puzzle out problems related to private and public decision making in the context of energy systems and the environment. The applications and case studies presented, deal with problems of energy systems, their externalities, and the government policies that affect them.

Narrating Nature: Documentaries for Environmental Studies ( ENVIRON 781K ) (Miguel Rojas-Sotelo)
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Narrating Nature: Documentaries for Environmental Studies ( ENVIRON 781K )


This course is designed to allow participants to understand, utilize, and produce (in an introductory level) documentary media on environmental topics. The course is divided into two parts (and four sections): the first part, introduces students to the histories and theories of non-narrative media production, while giving methods for understanding how media is constructed, produced, and circulated. Also, it introduces participants to the practices of documentary production, terminology, and ways to research and structure a documentary project. The second part is a hands-on workshop in which participants will be able to produce individual and group projects by applying the toolset studied and discussed in the first part. Simultaneously, the participants will be watching, discussing, and analyzing a number of environmental documentary films that present the diverse horizon of production on issues such as environmental justice, nature films, scientific media, and new multimedia applications. Two sections of the course deal with history and visual theory; the other two are related to production of individual and group documentary pieces. Students will produce an individual audio/visual essay (photography and audio) as mid-term project. The final “group” project will produce a number short documentary films (3-10 minute long) on topics workshopped during the course. 

Planetary Health and Environmental Epidemiology ( ENVIRON 736K ) (John Ji)
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Planetary Health and Environmental Epidemiology ( ENVIRON 736K )


As the pace and scale of human impacts on Earth’s natural systems continue to increase, there is growing importance in understanding and quantifying the implications of these accelerating changes for human health. This field has recently been termed “planetary health.” Throughout this course, we will study the human health impacts of accelerating environmental change through interdisciplinary approaches including environmental science, political science, and public health. 

Statistics and Program Evaluation ( PUBPOL 870K ) (Moon Joon Kim)
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Statistics and Program Evaluation ( PUBPOL 870K )


This course is designed to give students a foundation in statistics and program evaluation related to environmental policy. Program evaluations seek to identify the causal effect of a program/regulation/policy on some outcome of interest.  In the environmental area, this often involves evaluating whether a program has a causal effect on environmental quality.  Through this class, students will learn to become critical thinkers in program evaluations and use these evaluations to improve policy. The course has two components, theory and applications.  The first component of the course helps students learn the major empirical methods in program evaluation.  How do we measure the causal effect of regulation on the environment?  What type of information do we need to make valid inferences on policy effectiveness from data?  The second component of the course applies these tools to international environmental policy choices, where students will read and analyze evaluations of the effectiveness of different policy instruments.

Spring 2018

Academic Writing ( GS720K - 02 ) (Tyler Carter)
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Academic Writing ( GS720K - 02 )


This course builds academic writing skills through a field-specific examination of the literacy practices common to DKU graduate school programs. Students learn useful organizational structures and functions and improve their ability to write clear and concise texts. They build vocabulary and learn to use high frequency academic collocations. Individualized instruction enables students to identify their strengths and limitations and make improvements in their writing.

Building an NGO Toolkit:  From Design to Monitoring ( ENVIRON 601K ) (Elizabeth Losos)
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Building an NGO Toolkit:  From Design to Monitoring ( ENVIRON 601K )


Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that address conservation issues in China face large, complex, and urgent problems. To be successful, these NGOs must be equipped with the skills to be efficient, effective, and transparent when planning, implementing, and monitoring their conservation initiatives. In this hands-on course, students will become familiar with decision-support tools that allow organizations to systematically address strategic planning, project design, project budgeting, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, communication, and donor transparency. The students will apply these tools to real-world conservation problems.

Climate Change Economics and Policy (ENVIRON 640K & PUBPOL 585K ) (Billy Pizer)
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Climate Change Economics and Policy (ENVIRON 640K & PUBPOL 585K )


This course will explore the economic characteristics of the climate change problem, assess national and international policy design and current implementation issues, and survey the economic tools necessary to evaluate climate change policies. The course will be discussion-oriented and will require a high degree of participation by students in the classroom.

Environmental Economics II ( ENVIRON 806K ) (Moon Joon Kim)
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Environmental Economics II ( ENVIRON 806K )


This course provides for continued development and practice of skills learned in PUBPOL 870K Statistics and Program Evaluation and ENVIRON 805K Environmental Economics. Students develop conceptual and professional skills related to environmental policy evaluation. The goal is to stimulate critical thinking about today’s environmental problems and the public policies designed to improve them by implementing the theories and principles acquired in class. Achievement of class objectives requires writing two (10-15page) research papers on environmental-related policy. It is the opportunity to apply skills and theories that can be monitored, reflected upon, and improved. This course helps students to start original research work and develop it into a thesis or an actual working paper.

Environmental Policy Process ( ENVIRON 803K ) (Kathinka Fürst)
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Environmental Policy Process ( ENVIRON 803K )


 

This course provides an introduction to and overview of the environmental policy process. The first part of the course introduces the environmental policy process with case studies from different countries exemplifying regional differences. The second part of the course introduces various aspects and challenges in the design and formation of environmental policies with focus on the role of science and scientific uncertainties, pressure from various interest groups, public participation in policy making, environmental policy instruments and tools to forecast the impact(s) of environmental policies. The third part of the course focuses on implementation and tools to evaluate the impact of environmental policies. The fourth part of the course discusses the formation of international environmental policies and their impact on national priorities. Throughout the course case studies from jurisdictions across the globe will be used to exemplify the practical implications of these theoretical frameworks and challenges in areas such as pollution control, climate change, conservation and natural resource management.

Environmental Sciences ( ENVIRON 718K ) (Binbin Li)
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Environmental Sciences ( ENVIRON 718K )


This course introduces students to the core concepts and topics of environmental sciences. It will give an in-depth overview of main themes in the field of environmental studies: global environmental challenges, human population trends, global atmospheric changes, air, land and water resources and pollution, the ocean and fisheries, key ecosystems (forests, grasslands, wetlands, freshwater and marine environment), biodiversity and conservation, non-renewable and renewable energy, agriculture and sustainable production. Quantitative and qualitative research methods will be introduced with case studies. Students will explore the interventions, technology and management tools for these related issues.

Policy Practicum ( PUBPOL 872K ) (David Schanzer)
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Policy Practicum ( PUBPOL 872K )


This course focuses on written and visual literacy. In order for policy-makers to be effective, they need to know how to communicate data and policies to the broader public. Building on their work in the fall, the course will begin with economic and quantitative analysis of a particular environmental or natural resource problem. Students will then develop written and visual presentations of their analysis (including policy briefs and public speaking skills), with final projects completed in teams.

Fall 2017

Environmental Economics ( ENVIRON 805K ) (Junjie Zhang)
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Environmental Economics ( ENVIRON 805K )


This course provides an overview of environmental economics by introducing analytical methods and tools to analyze environmental problems and identify policy solutions. The first part of the course provides a microeconomic foundation of environmental economics, with a focus on market efficiency and market failures. The second part introduces environmental policy decision tools such as benefit-cost analysis and cost-effectiveness criterion. In particular, this part focuses on benefits estimation including revealed preference approaches and stated preference approaches. The third part discusses environmental regulation, with topics covering command-and-control regulation, market-based approaches, and behavioral interventions. The challenges of applying economic instruments to real world environmental problems will be also discussed, such as time and space, risk and uncertainty, compliance and enforcement, etc. This course is expected to stimulate critical thinking about environmental challenges and policy solutions. 

Environmental Policy Analysis ( PUBPOL 871K ) (Dan Guttman)
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Environmental Policy Analysis ( PUBPOL 871K )


The course will introduce the concept of policy analysis, and the special challenges posed by environmental policy analysis.  These include the importance of translating core terms and concepts between cultures-such as China and the U.S.-so that policy analysts in differing countries can learn from one another’s experiences –“translating between operating systems or OS” --and cooperate in devising policies to address common challenges.  

Key Areas in International Environmental Policy ( ENVIRON 600K ) (Kathinka Fürst)
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Key Areas in International Environmental Policy ( ENVIRON 600K )


This modular course will use a case-based curriculum to give an overview of the key areas in international environmental policy. The course will include seven modules covering international environmental economics, international environmental policy and politics, and international environmental negotiations. Students will be expected to participate in policy debates and simulations.  The principal goal of the course is to preview the application of social sciences (economics, public policy, and political science) to the environment, and facilitate the translation of core curricular concepts into a variety of real-word applications.

Oral Communication - Section 3 ( GS 721K ) (Tyler Carter)
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Oral Communication - Section 3 ( GS 721K )


The global nature of our work and the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration highlight the need for strong language skills, advanced intercultural competence and professionalism. This course seeks to stay abreast of the practices common to the student’s discipline and teach the communication skills needed for success in those field-specific practices.

Statistics and Program Evaluation ( PUBPOL 870K ) (Moon Joon Kim)
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Statistics and Program Evaluation ( PUBPOL 870K )


This course is designed to give students a foundation in statistics and program evaluation related to environmental policy. Program evaluations seek to identify the causal effect of a program/regulation/policy on some outcome of interest.  In the environmental area, this often involves evaluating whether a program has a causal effect on environmental quality.  Through this class, students will learn to become critical thinkers in program evaluations and use these evaluations to improve policy. The course has two components, theory and applications.  The first component of the course helps students learn the major empirical methods in program evaluation.  How do we measure the causal effect of regulation on the environment?  What type of information do we need to make valid inferences on policy effectiveness from data?  The second component of the course applies these tools to international environmental policy choices, where students will read and analyze evaluations of the effectiveness of different policy instruments.