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

Last offered Fall 2013

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 with some role-play exercises
Requirements/Evaluation: several shorter writing assignments and a final project
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Prerequisites: none
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Department Notes: satisfies the "policy elective" requirement of the Environmental Policy major and the "Environmental Policy" requirement of the Environmental Studies concentration
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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,PHLH Environmental Health
Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 15
Class Number: 1359
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ENVI 208 LEC Sci & Pltcs Envmntl Dscn Mkng (D) Exploring Diversity Initiative Pia M. Kohler
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