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Undergraduate Courses

( Please note that some undergraduate courses can be taken for graduate credit depending upon course level with prior approval of both the instructor and the appropriate school administrator)

WWS 306 / ECO 329 / ENV 319 Environmental Economics (Fall 2014)

Smita Brunnermeier

Course introduces use of economics in understanding both the sources of and the remedies to environmental and resource allocation problems. It emphasizes the reoccurrence of economic phenomena like public goods, externalities, market failure and imperfect information. Students learn about the design and evaluation of environmental policy instruments, the political economy of environmental policy, and the valuation of environmental and natural resource services. The concepts are illustrated in a variety of applications from domestic pollution of air, water and land to international issues such as global warming and sustainable development

CHV 321 / ENV 321 / WWS 371 (EM) Ethical and Scientific Issues in Environmental Policy (Fall 2014)

Peter Singer and David Wilcove

This course will discuss policy issues relating to the environment, using several case studies to provide a deeper understanding of the science and values involved.

CEE 334/WWS 452/ENV 334 Global Environmental Issues (Fall 2014)

Denise Mauzerall

This course examines a set of global environmental issues including population growth, ozone layer depletion, climate change, air pollution, the environmental consequences of energy supply and demand decisions and sustainable development. It provides an overview of the scientific basis for these problems and examines past, present and possible future policy responses. Individual projects, presentations, and problem sets are included

ENV 304/ECO 328/EEB 304/WWS 455 Disease Ecology, Economics, and Policy (Fall 2014)

Bryan T. Grenfell and Ramanan Laxminarayan

The dynamics of the emergence and spread of disease arise from a complex interplay between disease ecology, economics, and human behavior. Lectures will provide an introduction to complementarities between economic and epidemiological approaches to understanding the emergence, spread, and control of infectious diseases. The course will cover topics such as drug-resistance in bacterial and parasitic infections, individual incentives to vaccinate, the role of information in the transmission of infectious diseases, and the evolution of social norms in healthcare