NREM 600 Foundations of Natural Resource and Environmental Management and Policy
Effective natural resource and environmental management and policy require understanding the structure and behavior of complex social-ecological systems (SES), including the environmental and social components and their interactions. In the first semester of this year-long course (600-601), this course provides students with some integrative concepts important for all resource managers, i.e., ecology, economics, hydrology, soils, policy and management, and human dimensions. It also covers research and communication skills required for all resource management professionals, such as the scientific method, hypothesis testing, data compilation and analysis, and writing and presentation.
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NREM 601 Social-Ecological Systems Analysis of Natural Resource and Environmental Management
The second semester of the 600-601 series uses a case study approach to build the structural and behavioral framework for complex, dynamic systems underlying sustainable NREM and policy, emphasizing the transdisciplinary interactions of the ecological and economic components.
NREM 611 Resource and Environmental Policy
Environmental quality and natural resource overexploitation problems often arise because of failures in markets, governments, or institutions, or because of certain characteristics of human behavior. Luckily, there are a number of policy instruments at our disposal to solve these problems. In this course, we will review the main policy and institutional failures driving environmental depletion and degradation and survey various economic, legal, political, and institutional instruments we can use to remedy the identified failures. We develop a framework to evaluate said policy solutions that includes criteria based on economics, justice, law, and political science. Students use the theory and evaluation framework, as well as knowledge and methods from previous classes and experience, to analyze a policy problem of their choice.
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NREM 695 Master’s Plan B Capstone Preparation (Proposal)
NREM 695 is a 1-credit course all NREM Plan B students take to prepare for their capstone experience. The main learning activity is the preparation of a proposal. The course is designed to help you prepare a meaningful capstone experience. During this course, you will design your capstone project, and successfully and confidently communicate your idea in a written proposal and public presentation. A Capstone Panel will provide feedback and approval.
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NREM 696 Master’s Plan B Capstone Experience
NREM 696 is the 3 credit practicum course all NREM Plan B students take in the semester they intend to submit and publicly defend their final capstone report. Normally, students take this course the semester after taking NREM 695 (1 credit), and concurrently with NREM 699 (2 credits) supervised by their advisor. These three courses constitute the “Capstone Experience” for NREM Plan B students.
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NREM 691 Valuing Nature (Special topics in natural resource and environmental management)
Nature underpins our economy, our culture, and our well-being. Increasingly, nature’s value is being explicitly considered in project and policy analysis, and being used as justification for conservation. Valuation is an essential tool for including environmental benefits and costs in the analysis of alternatives, designing payments for ecosystem services schemes, and holistic decision-making. This course is designed to train students in a broad set of approaches to environmental valuation. Framed within the current philosophical, ethical, and theoretical debates surrounding valuation, students will learn the theory and practice of environmental valuation – from estimating the value of environmental impacts of discrete projects to the total economic value of ecosystem services to semi-quantitative methods aimed at capturing social values. The course will provide students with a solid knowledge of environmental valuation theory and practice, and a toolbox of methods that can be employed.
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