ESP 601: Ecological Economics & Public Policy

2008-07-31 -

Meeting dates changed: Times: Thursdays, 8:00 ?Çô 11:00 am (does not meet on 10/30 or 12/4; instead, meet on Sunday, 9/28, 8:00 am ?Çô 4:00 pm)


56736 (for web registration)




Michael Simpson






Fall 2008

Meeting Schedule:

Thursdays 9/4 - 12/18 (8:00AM-10:59AM)


Competency Areas: Civic Ecology
Section A: Restricted to Summer 08 and Fall 08 entering ES students through August 15; open to all ES students on August 16.
Section B: Restricted to Resource Management & Conservation students entering Fall 08 through August 15; open to all ES students on August 16.
Section C: Restricted to Conservation Biology students who entered in Fall 07 through July 31; open to all ES students on August 1.

The premise of this course is that human actions are embedded within the natural environment. The political and economic systems that have been developed to meet the needs of a society are framed by the limitations of that environment. This course will allow students to explore how these societal institutions function to deal with questions as freedom of choice, scarcity, ownership, equity, sustainability and change.
The course will investigate the development of environmental policies as informed by science, economics, public opinion and legal precedent. Students will be introduced to the policy tools utilized to translate policy into implementation