Catherine Ashcraft

 

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Course List: 

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ENVS 0211 - Conservation & Env Policy      

Topic determined by instructor - please refer to the section. AMR NOR SOC

Spring 2014

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ENVS 0500 - Independent Study      

Independent Study
In this course, students (non-seniors) carry out an independent research or creative project on a topic pertinent to the relationship between humans and the environment. The project, carried out under the supervision of a faculty member with related expertise who is appointed in or affiliated with the Environmental Studies Program, must involve a significant amount of independent research and analysis. The expectations and any associated final products will be defined in consultation with the faculty advisor. Students may enroll in ENVS 0500 no more than twice for a given project. (Approval only)

Spring 2014

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ENVS 0700 - Senior Independent Study      

Senior Independent Study
In this course, seniors complete an independent research or creative project on a topic pertinent to the relationship between humans and the environment. During the term prior to enrolling in ENVS 0700, a student must discuss and agree upon a project topic with a faculty advisor who is appointed in or affiliated with the Environmental Studies Program and submit a brief project proposal to the Director of Environmental Studies for Approval. The expectations and any associated final products will be defined in consultation with the faculty advisor. Students may enroll in ENVS 0700 as a one-term independent study OR up to twice as part of a multi-term project, including as a lead-up to ENVS 0701 (ES Senior Thesis). (Senior standing; Approval only)

Winter 2014, Spring 2014

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IPEC 0500 - Independent Project      

Independent Project
(Approval Required)

Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Winter 2016, Winter 2017

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IPEC 0700 - Intl.Pol.&Economics SR. Thesis      

Senior Thesis
(Approval Required)

Winter 2014, Spring 2014

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PSCI 0390 / ENVS 0390 - Env Negotiation/Dispute Res      

Environmental Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
In this seminar, we will gain an understanding of environmental negotiation and dispute resolution as applied to public policy at both the domestic and international levels. We will consider the mutual gains approach to negotiation, facilitation, mediation, and dispute systems design. We will grapple with challenging features typical of environmental negotiations, such as the large number of stakeholders involved, scientific uncertainty, and value differences. We will undertake role-playing simulations. Throughout, we will think critically about the negotiating styles and assumptions employed by both seminar participants and those presented in course materials. (Junior or Senior standing; Sophomores by approval; ENVS 0211 or IGST 0101 or PSCI 0109). 3 hrs. sem. (International Relations and Foreign Policy)/ SOC

Spring 2014

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SENV 3410 - Sustainability Practicum      

In this course we will explore, through reading, discussion, and direct engagement, an issue associated with sustainability, such as energy, food production, land management, or environmental justice. Using a case study approach to analyzing existing sustainability initiatives, we will explore—and eventually practice—the process of advancing a project from inception to launch. This class will involve team-based research projects focused on identifying and analyzing solutions to real sustainability challenges confronted by government, business, or individuals. Much of your work in this course will take place within small (3-5 students) research teams. Credit: 1 Unit (3 semester-hours).

Required Text: Kahane, Adam. Solving Tough Problems, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2007

Summer 2014 Sch of Environment, School of Environment Vermont

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SENV 3451 - International Env Negotiation      

International Environmental Negotiation

This course will introduce students to the exciting world of negotiations that address environmental issues that cross international borders. Negotiated agreements are the primary approach to managing complex, transboundary environmental issues and are becoming increasingly important as countries, intergovernmental organizations and non-state actors engage with and craft policies to address issues as far-ranging as climate change, land use change, wildlife conservation, food insecurity, water management and marine pollution. There is still a lot of work to be done! Some of these negotiations are ongoing, while other treaties have been concluded and are being renegotiated. This course will integrate general concepts and cases related to negotiation and the crafting of international agreements with negotiation simulations designed to help students develop their own negotiating skills. Students will learn about addressing issues particular to environmental negotiations, such as scientific complexity and uncertainty, as well as issues common to all multiparty negotiations, including different sources of power and coalition dynamics.

Required Text:

Susskind, Lawrence E., Environmental Diplomacy: Negotiating More Effective Global Agreements, Oxford University Press, 1994.

Summer 2014 Sch of Environment, School of Environment Vermont

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Program in International Politics & Economics

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