ENVI 351
Marine Policy Fall 2021 (also offered Spring 2022)
Division II Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed MAST 351 / ENVI 351 / PSCI 319

Class Details

Coastal communities are home to nearly 40% of the U.S. population, but occupy only a small percentage of our country’s total land area. Intense population density, critical transportation infrastructure, significant economic productivity, and rich cultural and historic value mark our coastal regions as nationally significant. But, coastal and ocean-based climate-induced impacts such as sea level rise, ocean warming and acidification pose extraordinary challenges to our coastal communities, and are not borne equally by all communities. This seminar considers our relationship with our ocean and coastal environments and the foundational role our oceans and coasts play in our Nation’s environmental and economic sustainability as well as ocean and coastal climate resiliency. Through the lens of coastal and ocean governance and policy-making, we critically examine conflict of use issues relative to climate change, climate justice, coastal zone management, fisheries, ocean and coastal pollution and marine biodiversity.
The Class: Format: seminar; This class is taught only at Williams-Mystic in Mystic, Connecticut and includes coastal and near-shore interdisciplinary field seminars, and 10 days offshore.
Limit: 23
Expected: 22
Class#: 1817
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Weekly Readings; Class Participation; Small and large group strategy exercises (written and oral); Written Research Project: issues paper and draft research paper; Final Research Project: multiple formats available
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: must be enrolled at Williams-Mystic in Mystic, Connecticut
Unit Notes: must be enrolled at Williams-Mystic in Mystic, Connecticut
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
MAST 351 Division II ENVI 351 Division II PSCI 319 Division II
WS Notes: Each student will write one 3-5 page research issues paper and one 8-10 page draft research paper as well as a final project with written components equaling 5-8 pages. Each submission receives written feedback from the professor, including research guidance, input on grammar, structure, language, analysis. Students also receive verbal feedback in individual conferences to discuss research paper organization, analysis, structure and grammar as well as final project input.
DPE Notes: Coastal and ocean policy issues relating to climate change, coastal zone management, fisheries, ocean pollution and marine biodiversity impact environmental and climate justice. Students examine coastal governance while considering the disproportionate burdens on underrepresented populations in U.S. coastal communities caused by climate change and coastal policies. Students analyze multi-disciplinary evidence and work to strengthen their integrative, analytical, writing, and advocacy skills.
Attributes: ENVI Environmental Policy
EXPE Experiential Education Courses
POEC Comparative POEC/Public Policy Courses

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