Freshman.seminar.syllabus.S2009

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Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs Spring 2009 Freshman Seminar Living in a Polluted Greenhouse Blair T5 Wednesdays 1:30-4:20 PM Professor Denise Mauzerall Robertson Hall, Room 406 Office Hours: Tuesdays 1:30 – 4:00pm or by appointment 609-258-2498 (phone) [email protected] (e-mail) Overview: As the world population grows and becomes more industrialized, human impact on the global environment also increases. This freshman seminar examines some key global environmental issues including global population growth, climate change, ozone layer depletion, air pollution, loss of biological diversity, depletion of global fisheries, and the environmental consequences of energy supply and demand decisions. It provides an overview of the scientific basis for these problems and examines current and possible future policy responses. Course Format: Seminar topics will usually be covered in modules with the first part of the module covering the key scientific concepts surrounding the environmental issue and the second describing the present and possible future policy responses. Class meetings will be divided, very roughly, into half lecture and half discussion. All students are expected to do the required weekly reading which will form the basis for classroom discussion. In addition, students will be asked to track current coverage in the media of various issues covered in class and bring them to the attention of the other students. Most of the reading is on the course Blackboard site with some available over the internet with web addresses noted below in the syllabus. Reading material may be adjusted over the course of the semester depending on student interests. A substantial portion of the course grade will be based on class participation. In addition, four short papers/memos will be required as well as one term paper with a formal presentation of the term paper at the end of the semester. Grading: Class participation: 30% Four short papers/memos: 40% Presentation of final paper: 5% Final paper: 25%
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SCHEDULE OF CLASSES Week 1: February 2, 2009. Course Overview and Introduction. Drivers influencing global environmental problems – growth in population and consumption, increasing global energy consumption, habitat loss. Disparity in wealth and consumption between developed and developing countries. Reading: Jeffrey Sachs, Sustainable Development, Editorial, Science , April 2004. James Gustave Speth, The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability , pp.xx-xxi; 17-45, 2008. Thomas Friedman. Hot, Flat and Crowded: Why we need a green revolution and how it can renew America , pp. 26-49, 2008. E.O. Wilson, The Future of Life
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