ENVI 308
Science and Politics in Environmental Decision Making Spring 2018
Exploring Diversity Initiative
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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.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 15
Class#: 3620
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: participation, several smaller assignments, and a final project
Prerequisites: ENVI 101 or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: environmental studies majors and concentrators, public health concentrators, and political science majors
Distributions: Exploring Diversity Initiative
Attributes: PHLH Nutrition,Food Security+Environmental Health

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