Spring 2007 Course Description

Advanced Topics in Public Policy

Section Title: Topics in Sustainable Development
Instructor(s): Steven Moore
Course: P A 388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy
(previously Seminar in Topics in Public Policy)
Unique Number: 63515
Day & Time: Thursdays, 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Room: BTL 101
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This course fulfills requirements for the following specialization(s):

Description: This course is a trans-disciplinary graduate level seminar designed to explore the concept and practice of sustainable development from a variety of competing perspectives. The class will be composed of students representing business, architecture, planning, law, and public policy and will be taught by UT faculty and outside speakers representing the full range of interest and experience with sustainable development. Class Size: generally limited to 25 (5 students from 5 disciplines).

Registration: By seniority and faculty permission only, submit statement and CV for review. (Will contact you after you have registered).

Weekly writing assignment: Each week individual students will write a 1-2 page critical synopsis of the reading as preparation for class discussion.

Final Project: As a class we will describe various, competing models of sustainable development in documents that will be made electronically available for each class member at the end of the course. Trans-disciplinary self-selected teams of 5 students will collectively propose an in-depth description of what a sustainable model might look like. The topic of your investigation is entirely up to you--the only requirement is that you collaborate with 4 peers from other disciplines. Rather than define the concept of sustainability in linguistic terms you will model it in social, environmental, legal, and economic terms. Research teams (formed by the end of January) must submit their case studies in three phases: as an abstract (middle of Feb), a narrative outline (end of March), and as a final draft (end of April).

Performance Evaluation: As upper level graduate students you have considerable flexibility with regard to your schedule. However, attendance and promptness is expected. Final course grades will be based upon 30% individual class participation, 30% individual weekly writing assignments, and 40% final research projects. Individual grades for group research will be determined by instructor observation and peer evaluation.

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