ESPP Fall 2017 Courses

Environmental Science and Public Policy 11. Sustainable Development
Course ID Number: 109934
William Clark (Harvard Kennedy School)
Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:30-4:00pm. Location: HUCE, Room 440, 26 Oxford Street, 4th Floor

Explores contemporary understandings and practical implications of the idea of sustainable development. Investigates the meanings and measures that different groups have given to "sustainable development;" scientific understanding of the complex social-environmental systems we seek to develop sustainably; and lessons on how societies have avoided the "tragedy of the commons" while instituting practical action that advances sustainable development effectively and equitably. Employs case studies in development to meet needs for energy, food, water and health.

Environmental Science and Public Policy 77. Technology, Environment, and Society
Course ID Number: 109882
Sheila Jasanoff (Harvard Kennedy School)
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 10:00-11:00am. Location: HUCE, Room 440, 26 Oxford Street, 4th Floor

Our interactions with the natural world are increasingly mediated through changes in technology. Technologies create risks, generate solutions, reshape the environment, and alter our perception of the boundaries between nature and artifice. This course draws on major theories of technology and society to inform and deepen our understanding of environmental problems and policy options.

Environmental Science and Public Policy 90N. China's Energy Economy: Perspectives from the Past: Challenges for the Future
Course ID Number: 123858
Michael McElroy, Xinyu Chen (Harvard Paulson School of Engineering & Applied Sciences)
Thursdays, 2:30-5:00pm. HUCE, Room 429, 26 Oxford Street, 4th Floor

The seminar will provide a historical perspective on the development of the Chinese economy with emphasis on the energy sector, including analysis of related environmental problems. Energy options available for China's future will be discussed, including opportunities for clean-coal technology, nuclear, wind, hydro, and biofuels. The seminar will discuss tradeoffs implicit in these choices with respect to reconciling competing goals for environmental protection and economic development.

Environmental Science and Public Policy 90X. Current Issues in U.S. Environmental Law
Course ID Number: 156676
Shaun Goho (Harvard Law School)
Tuesdays, 6:00-8:30pm. Location: Pierce Hall, Room 100F, 29 Oxford Street

This course examines some of the main U.S. environmental laws, the methods of regulation and enforcement represented by those laws, and current controversies regarding their implementation and development. Each week's class will be divided between a discussion of key cases and regulations implementing a particular law and an in-depth examination of a case study involving the law under examination.

Environmental Science and Public Policy 90Z. Climate Policy—Past, Present, and Future
Course ID Number: 203663
Gernot Wagner
Mondays, 2:45-5:15pm. Location: HUCE, Room 429, 26 Oxford Street, 4th Floor

What’s the right carbon price? What can whale oil and horse manure teach us today? What’s the role of solar geoengineering? The course has two goals: to provide a set of tools to approach these and many other fundamental climate policy questions, and to help us distinguish positive (“what will be”) from normative (“what should be”) analysis. Economics and political economy provide particularly powerful lenses through which to analyze climate policy—past, present, and future.
*First Class Meeting: Friday, September 1st from 2:45-5:15pm