Marine Policy

This graduate level course is a formal study of policy and policy-making concerning the coastal marine environment. We study the history of specific marine-related organizations, legislation, and issues and their impact on local, regional, national, and international arenas. Topics are explored through use of theoretical and methodological perspectives, including political science, sociology, and economics.

This course explores theoretical, methodological and applied aspects of social impact analysis (SIA).  The course develops an understanding of some of the core concepts and applicable sociological theory upon which the design of social impact analysis is built and develops the capacity to ‘think sociologically’ about environmental problems and the impacts that they create.  The course also review some of the key US policies and guidelines that require and inform SIA as well as an overview of some of the key methods and approaches that are used in SIA.  Overall, the course seeks to describe how to use SIA to generate more inclusive decisions that protect the environment and integrity of the communities that share its abundance and meaning.  The course stresses that in all cases good SIA should involve all potentially affected groups, should consider impact equity and differences by location and socio-economic status, and should consider a holistic and contextually grounded range of impacts, from the socio-cultural to the economic.


Social Impact Analysis

Conservation Biology & Policy

Introduction to the key concepts of ecology and policy relevant to conservation issues from the population to ecosystems level. This course focuses on the origin and maintenance of biodiversity and conservation applications from both the biology and policy perspectives. For example, endangered species, captive breeding, reserve design, habitat fragmentation, and ecosystem restoration/rehabilitation.