ENVI 208 Fall 2013 Science and Politics in Environmental Decision Making (D)

This course explores the relationship between science and politics in environmental decision-making. How do legislators know when a species is endangered and warrants protection? What precautions should be applied in allowing genetically modified foods onto our plates? Can we, and should we, weigh the risks of malaria against the impacts of pesticides used to control those mosquitoes that transmit the disease? How has the global community come together to understand the risks from global climate change, and how has this understanding shaped our policy responses? What are some of the limits of science in shaping policy outcomes? In addressing these and other questions, we will pay particular attention to how power relations and existing institutions shape what knowledge, and whose knowledge, is taken on board in decision-making, be it at the local, national or global level. We will delve into how these dynamics shape policy outcomes and we will also examine novel approaches for incorporating the knowledge of traditionally disempowered groups, including indigenous and local communities.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: several shorter writing assignments and two 5- to 7-page essays
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Prerequisites: none
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Department Notes: may be used an environmental policy elective by ENVI concentrators; students majoring in environmental policy or environmental science should ask the Director of CES how it may be used towards the completion of the major
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Divisional Attributes: Non-Divisional,Exploring Diversity
Other Attributes: ENVI Environmental Policy,ENVP PE-A Group Electives,ENVP PTL-A Group Electives,ENVP SC-A Group Electives
Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 15
Class Number: 1359
ENVI208-01(F) LEC Sci & Pltcs Envmntl Dscn Mkng (D) Exploring Diversity Initiative Pia M. Kohler
TF 2:35 PM-3:50 PM Clark Hall 205 1359
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