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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)

ENV 304/ECO 328/EEB 304/WWS 455 Disease Ecology, Economics, and Policy (Fall 2013)

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

CEE 334/WWS 452/ENV 334 Global Environmental Issues (Fall 2013)

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

WWS 352/Soc 353/ COS 351 Information Technology and Public Policy ( Fall 2013)

David Dobkins and Paul DiMaggio

New technologies have changed the way we communicate with each other and learn about our world. They have also raised public policy dilemmas in every area they touch: communications, regulation, privacy, national security, intellectual property and many others. This course is predicated on the belief that we can only productively address the social and policy dimensions of the Internet if we understand the technology behind the Internet; the social-science concepts and research that illuminate the likely effects of policy options; and tradeoffs among fundamental values that different policy options imply