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Energy and Natural Resources Development and Policy

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Energy Policy

This course provides an overview of energy resources, technologies, and policies designed to ensure clean, stable supplies of energy for the future. The course evaluates the impacts of fossil fuel, renewable energy, and hydrogen technologies and how public policies can be used to influence their development. The development of U.S. energy policy is of particular concern, although a global perspective will be integrated throughout the course. No prerequisite. This course is a professional elective for the science, technology, and public policy master's degree program and students in other graduate programs looking for policy electives (e.g., environmental science).

Natural Resource Economics

This course develops an economic perspective on one of the most important and challenging issues facing global society—the allocation, use, and preservation of natural resources. The course presents and discusses the methodology economists use to inform natural resource managers and policy makers. Economic thought and analysis are used to evaluate a variety of issues in this area. The course concludes with a brief discussion of the interdisciplinary aspects of natural resource management.

Special Topics: Resource Development Law

This course examines the legal principles applied to the development of resources and infrastructure. Sovereignty, property rights, land and water use, public trust doctrine, and other applicable legal foundations of development will be explored in a seminar format that allows students to develop a thorough understanding of the law as it is applied to their specific area of interest in resource and infrastructure development.

Seminar in Resource & Infrastructure Development

A case based overview of global, regional, and local resource and infrastructure development challenges and issues. The course emphasizes the political, economic, and technological context of infrastructure and resource development. The course uses international case studies to critique existing practices and to identify international best practices in development. Topics include resource/infrastructure demand forecasting; strategies for conflict management and dispute resolution; strategies for stakeholder engagement; technology assessment and choice; and key development indicators.

Readings in Public Policy

An in-depth inquiry into the seminal literature influencing key contemporary public policy debates. Students engage in critical reflection and original thought on theoretical and applied public policy problems. Emphasis is placed on policy issues in selected science and technology fields.

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