Spring 2025  |  PA 5761 Section 001: Environmental Systems Analysis at the Food-Energy-Water Nexus (56948)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Enrollment Requirements:
Graduate Student
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/21/2025 - 05/05/2025
Tue 06:00PM - 08:45PM
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 35 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Agricultural lands, water resources, and energy production and transport are interconnected systems with implications for policy and management at local to global scales. This course will explore contemporary issues at the nexus of food, energy, and water with a focus on Midwestern landscapes. Specific topics include farm policy, permitting of pipelines and energy production, mitigation of air and water pollution, and strategies to incentivize the conservation and restoration of landscapes. Students will develop professional skills in systems thinking, scenario analysis, science communication, facilitation, and collective leadership.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?keel0041+PA5761+Spring2024
Class Description:

Agricultural lands, water resources, and energy production and transport are interconnected systems with implications for policy and management at local to global scales. This course will explore contemporary issues at the nexus of food, energy, and water with a focus on Midwestern landscapes. Specific topics include farm policy, permitting of pipelines and energy production, mitigation of air and water pollution, and strategies to incentivize the conservation and restoration of landscapes. Students will develop professional skills in systems thinking, scenario analysis, science communication, facilitation, and collective leadership.

Who Should Take This Class?:
Open to graduate students from any program with an interest in food, energy, and water policy. Advanced undergraduates may register with instructor permission.
Learning Objectives:
  • Develop skills in systems thinking and science communication that allow students to understand, diagnose, and effectively communicate environmental challenges.

  • Cultivate an awareness of the diverse viewpoints and perspectives of key stakeholders and how different audiences perceive food-water-energy issues.

  • Identify social, ecological, and technological dimensions of environmental systems and how they are interlinked over time and space.

  • Analyze policy and governance aspects of food, energy, and water challenges, including the roles and capabilities of the market, the state, and civil society in solving these challenges.

Grading:
S/N or student choice
Class Format:
Three hour class sessions consist of lecture, small group discussions, skill development and in-class activities.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/56948/1253
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/keel0041_PA5761_Spring2023.pdf (Spring 2023)
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/keel0041_PA5761_Spring2022.pdf (Spring 2022)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
16 October 2022

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