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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 586e Topics in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy - Energy Policy and Energy Technologies ( Spring 2015)

Fabian Wagner

Energy is central to addressing major challenges of the 21st century. This course reviews and analyzes national and international energy policies and policy options in view of : (a) available and emerging technologies, (b) environmental challenges, (c) economic and political constraints. Students will encounter a variety of policy assessment methods and tools, and apply them in the context the following thematic clusters: fossil fuel resources ; energy efficiency ; distributed energy and renewables ; transportation and mobility ; nuclear energy ; R & D, subsidies and diffusion.

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

Edward Felten (session 2)

Information technology plays an ever-growing role in our lives, our economy, and our government, putting pressure on existing policy arrangements and raising entirely new policy issues. This course examines a range of infotech policy issues, including privacy, intellectual property, free speech, competition, regulation of broadcasting and telecommunications, cross-border and jurisdictional questions, broadband policy, spectrum policy, management of the Internet, computer security, education and workforce development, and research funding.

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

Denise Mauzerall , session I

Designed to improve students' skill, confidence and judgment in use of science in policy applications. Using case studies, real-world examples, and in-class exercises, in the areas of atmospheric and energy policy, the emphasis is on preparing both non-scientists and scientists to use, understand, and critique science in environmental policy applications. Exercises are scaled to the student's background.