Fall 2024  |  PA 5711 Section 001: Science, Technology & Environmental Policy (23054)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Enrollment Requirements:
Major or minor in Public Policy or Science/Technology/Environmental Policy
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
09/03/2024 - 12/11/2024
Mon, Wed 02:30PM - 03:45PM
UMTC, West Bank
Hubert H Humphrey Center 35
Enrollment Status:
Open (22 of 28 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Interplay of science, technology, the environment, and society. Approaches from across the social sciences will cover how science and technology can create new environmental pressures as well as policy challenges in a range of spheres from climate change to systems of intellectual property and international development.
Class Notes:
Students who need a class permission number should contact Fred Rose at rosex122@umn.edu.
Class Description:
This course will investigate, from a variety of perspectives, the ways in which human society is transforming (and being transformed by) science, technology, and the environment. Drawing on ideas from a wide spectrum of the social sciences, this course will prepare students to grapple with contemporary policy issues in arenas such as systems for intellectual property, global climate change, public health, technology for development, the science and engineering workforce, innovation, and regulation of emerging technologies. Special emphasis will be given to policies at the intersection of science, technology, and the environment. No student is expected to have a sophisticated understanding of the full range of disciplinary perspectives and topical issues we will explore; all of us will bring some relevant experience, expertise, or perspective to the table, and to integrate it with that of their classmates through discussion and teamwork. The focus of the course is public policy in the United States, but several class sessions will cover issues related to globalization and international development.
Grading for this course will have four major components. First is participation, which will be evaluated based on your participation in classroom discussions as well as your performance as the week's assigned reading discussant. Second is a policy memo on R&D policy due on October 12. Third is a policy memo on environmental regulation due on November 2. Finally, you will complete an individual final project. Evaluation of the final project will be based on a written paper, oral presentation to the class, and your thoughtfulness as a discussant of one of your peer's project.

The breakdown of final grades will be as follows: Policy Memo 1 (10%), Policy Memo 2 (15%), Final Project (50%), Participation (25%)
Exam Format:
No Exams
Class Format:
This course will meet for a three-hour block once per week on Mondays from 6:00-8:45 p.m. Each class will begin with discussion of the week's readings led by two or more students assigned to be "reading discussants." I will then lead a lecture-based discussion. The second half of each class will begin with small group work to define a position based on a contemporary complex policy debate related to the week's topic. Students will then engage each other in debate and discussion on this policy issue, during which we will draw out more general idea.

Broadly, we will spend the first four weeks focused on science and technology policy (with many examples drawn from the environmental sphere). The next four weeks will focus on environmental policy (with many examples and connections drawn to science and technology issues). The final four weeks examine cross-cutting issues across science, technology, and environmental policy, which will include student presentations on a cross-cutting topic of choice.
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
18 August 2015

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