CSU ENV 440 - Syllabus (9 pages)

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School:
Cleveland State University
Course:
Env 440 - Environment & Human Affairs
Environment & Human Affairs Documents

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what should you do in may loaf work take environment human affairs first 6 weeks t th 6 00 9 50 Ecology and Human Affairs TTh 6 00 9 30 1st 6 weeks Summer Semester 2007 Dr Sanda Kaufman Instructor MGL College of Urban Affairs Cleveland State University ECOLOGY AND HUMAN AFFAIRS SYLLABUS COURSE OBJECTIVES Our natural environment a key limited resource is often the subject of heated debate among concerned individuals communities the business sector and agencies at all government levels that engage in regulatory and permitting activities Decisions are often fraught with conflict that delays or prevents any action Decision making for environmental policy and management has to take into account conflicting values information with heavy scientific content and the possibility that consequences will affect numerous people for extended periods of time One measure of the quality of decisions is their implementability The implementation of policies and decisions affecting the natural environment can be hampered by decision processes geared to the interests of one party to the near exclusion of other interests Such processes in essence foil implementation by failing to ensure the participation of those who can prevent it On the other hand broad participatory processes can easily reach impasse as various interest groups successfully block each other s initiatives What types of processes are most likely to yield decisions and policies that can be implemented Ecology and Human Affairs addresses this question It is one of two courses designed to introduce students to principles techniques and examples of decision making in contexts with environmental linkage The Environmental Policy course presents the range of issues currently at the core of environmental policy debates and the process of formulating policies that respond to current and future needs and provide remedies to past problems whose consequences linger The second course expands the student s ability to assess decision



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