The economic and ethical dimensions of public and private
policy decisions are critical factors in understanding and resolving
environmental and natural resource challenges in our society today. Biotechnology,
endangered species, groundwater contamination, property rights, land
use, climate change, genetically modified food, and air quality are just
a few examples of current policy areas which challenge scientists, business
executives, government leaders, and concerned lay people. AREC 350 develops
your capabilities to critically understand and analyze these issues using
economic concepts and principles. The course introduces a select number
of economic, ethical and negotiation tools to enhance your ability to
analyze environmental management alternatives and make decisions. Two
special “threads” weave their way throughout this course:
the application environmental conflict resolution tools (i.e. mutual gains
private sector innovation for resolving environmental concerns.
and small in-class projects, supplemented by videos and case studies, are
the primary teaching/learning methods.
satisfactorily completing this course can:
and understand the complex ethical and economic issues imbedded in environmental
and natural resource policies and conflicts.
analyze and evaluate the economic tradeoffs and social interests of
individuals and organizations, both private and public.
conflict resolution skills to reduce transaction costs associated with
environmental and natural
of two general education courses in Individuals and Societies. Completion
of ECON 200 or 201A is helpful, but not required.
Susskind, Paul F. Levy and Jennifer Thomas-Larmer, Negotiating
Environmental Agreements, (Island Press, Washington, D.C.,
Supplemental materials/readings will be handed out in class
or placed on the course website during the semester. Please purchase
a large 3-ring notebook for your notes and handouts. These
supplemental materials/readings are required for the class.
following book is out of print but some students may find it useful
background for the economic principles and analytical tools presented
in the course:
William F. Farron, Robert D. Perlack and John J. Boland. Fundamentals
of Economics for Environmental Managers. Quorum Books, Westport,
book can be found on the course website at
Examples of old quizzes/exams are available on this website along with
a copy of this syllabus.
Exams (4 @ 75 pts each)
Credit Pop Quizzes (3 points each)
Essays and Other Assignments
class attendance is critical since most of the lecture material
does not appear in the required textbook. Active listening and
accurate note taking represent important learning skills. As appropriate,
upcoming assignments will be discussed at the beginning of each
will not be a final exam.
exams will feature short essay questions, with selected
definitions and analytical problems comprising a smaller part of the
tests. Examples of previous quizzes/exams are available on the course
pop quiz may be administered at the end of a class period. These quizzes
are extra credit and provide valuable feedback to the instructor and
standards-based system is used in which grades are assigned on an approximate
90% and above = A, 80-89% = B, 70-79% = C, etc. basis. Grades are not based
on a curve. Examples of previous quizzes/exams are available on the course
will be no make-up quizzes scheduled if a student is absent on the scheduled
quiz date. With proper justification, the weight of the missed quiz may
be placed on the remaining quizzes but only after consultation with and
approved by the instructor. Timely communication (before the fact) with
Professor Wilson is critical in all matters.
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filed by the end of the fourth week of classes result in cancellation
of registration in the course. For course withdrawals filed from
the end of the fourth week of classes until the end of the eighth
week of classes, the grade of "W" is
awarded to students who are passing at the time of withdrawal; the
grade of "E" may be awarded to students not passing at
the time of withdrawal. Both grades show on the student's permanent
The last day on which a student may drop a course is the last day of the eighth
week during which classes are held, except for an extraordinary reason approved
by the student's college dean (in the case of undergraduate students) or by the
Dean of Students (in the case of students withdrawing completely from the University).
of I may be awarded only at the end of a term, when all but a minor portion
of the course work has been satisfactorily completed. The grade of I
will not to be awarded in place of a failing grade or when the student
is expected to repeat the course; in such a case, a grade other than
I will be assigned. Students should make arrangements
with the Professor Wilson to receive an incomplete grade before the end
of the semester.
Please turn off your cell phone/pager and any musical device
during the class period. Please
ask Professor Wilson for permission to use your laptop to take notes;
without instructor permission laptops will not be allowed in class. Students
disrupting class activities will be asked to leave.
Arizona Board of Regents’ Student Code of Conduct, ABOR Policy 5- 308,
prohibits threats of physical harm to any member of the University community,
including to one’s self.
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