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STEP Courses: 2014-2015

graduate course listing

WWS 571C Topics in Development: Global Challenges of Infection, Burden and Control (Fall 2014)

Bryan T. Grenfell; Adel A. Mahmoud

An exploration of the biological, public health and global dimensions of infectious disease. The basic features of human-microbe interactions by examining several viral, bacterial and parasitic infections are analyzed.. Emphasis includes biology, burden of illness and domestic and global forces shaping the expanding threat. Control strategies, including chemotherapy, vaccines and environmental changes; and the role of international organizations such as WHO, UNICEF, and GAVI and the major philanthropies, are considered.

WWS 581C Topics in Economics: Energy Economics (Fall 2014)

Amy B. Craft

This course examines the economics behind many issues related to energy use, including the investment and use of renewable and non-renewable resources, energy conservation, deregulation of energy markets, transportation, and energy independence. Current policy options will be discussed.

WWS 591C - Policy Workshop - State Policies on Hydrofracking (Fall 2014)

Denise Mauzerall

Hydraulic fracturing of shale is rapidly increasing the availability of natural gas in the United States and transforming the global energy landscape. This benefits the US economy and energy security. It may also reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) and hence be beneficial for climate. However, natural gas is largely methane and methane is a potent GHG. This workshop attempts to provide cogent reasoned guidance on desirable state-level regulation of fracking to allow it to provide needed natural gas at reasonable prices while protecting local environment and global climate.

WWS 593N Topics in Policy Analysis (half term)- GIS for Public Policy (Fall 2014)

William Guthe and Tsering Shawa

This course is designed as a practical introduction to the use of computer mapping (Geographic Information systems) for policy analysis and decision-making. Students learn ArcGIS through examples of map applications. Students are expected to complete exercises and a final project applying GIS to a policy issue.

WWS 586d Topics in STEP: Global Environmental Governance (Spring 2015)

Michael Oppenheimer

Examines international law and governance in the context of environmental problems, given the great variety of domestic approaches among nations, and the resulting challenge to global trade and regulatory regimes. Considers the need for regulation under conditions of scientific uncertainty in issues such as climate change, bovine growth hormones, GMOs, fisheries management, biodiversity conservation, and ozone depletion. Explores the efficacy of diverse regulatory approaches, mechanisms for scientific advice to policy makers and participation by business firms and NGOs. Considers intersections between environmental regulation (both domestic and international) with trade, investment, and multilateral development and aid programs. Class location alternates between NYU and WWS

WWS 594j Information Technology and Public Policy (Spring 2015)

Edward Felten (session 2)

WWS594s The Environment, Science, and Policy (Spring 2015)

Denise Mauzerall , session I