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Spring 2018

Academic Writing (Tyler Carter)
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Academic 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 (Billy Pizer)
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Climate Change Economics and Policy

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 718K ) (Kathinka Fürst)
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Environmental Policy Process ( ENVIRON 718K )


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 (Junjie Zhang)
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Environmental Economics

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 ( PUBPOL871K ) (Dan Guttman)
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Environmental Policy Analysis ( PUBPOL871K )

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 (Kathinka Fürst)
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Key Areas in International Environmental Policy

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 (Tyler Carter)
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Oral Communication - Section 3

Statistics and Program Evaluation (Moon Joon Kim)
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Statistics and Program Evaluation

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.