esp1-1 - 3/29/10 ESP 01: Environmental Analysis...

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3/29/10 1 ESP 01: Environmental Analysis Instructors: Prof. Baskett Prof. Sanchirico Teaching Assistants: Emil Aalto Jacob Hileman Course objectives 1. Knowledge of environmental and natural resource policies and management. 2. The scientific basis for policies and the role of science in the policy-making process. 3. Awareness of contemporary debates and issues in environmental science and public policy. 4. A balanced and objective perspective and appreciation of the technical, political, economic, and legal issues associated with the making of environmental policy at federal, state, and local levels. What this class is not about…. • “We live in a country in which many people live in information cocoons in which they only talk to members of their own party and read blogs of their own sect. They come away with perceptions fundamentally at odds with reality…” David Brooks, NYT March 12, 2010
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3/29/10 2 Course structure Introduction Environmental science Understanding coupled natural-human systems, methodology of environmental science, and monitoring environmental trends Environmental policy Causes of degradation, policy evaluation, policy process, current regulatory environment Current environmental and policy issues Biodiversity conservation Marine management Management in a changing climate Requirements/Evaluation Active participation in discussions (20%) Writing assignments (30%) – Short answer (4) – Science News (2) Midterm exam (20%) Final exam (30%) covering all of the course but weighted toward the second half half-grade each Discussions Discussion grading will be based on: 1. Active and informed participation in discussions. Active means that on average you talk for 2-3 minutes per discussion section. Informed means that you have read the assigned materials and thought about them. 2. Presentation of a 5-minute review of a paper. Discussion readings: required Optional readings: supplement to lectures
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3 Class web site and email list http://Smartsite.ucdavis.edu. Logon using your Kerberos (UC-Davis) logon and password. Select course tab, or if this doesn’t appear select the course on the dropdown menu labeled “more” on the right side of the horizontal bar. • Class email list is esp001_2009@smartsite.ucdavis.edu. Anybody in the class can post to this list and all the class receive it including the instructors. Class policies • Turn in hard copies at the beginning of class on designated dates. • Late assignments: -10 points/day, with 3-day max • Grade changes: attach short explanation to assignment and turn into mailbox w/in 1 week • All written assignments must be in your own words. Class policies
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