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Summer 1 2011 - TBD - PA388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy

Environment & Development in the Middle East

Instructor(s): Eaton, David J.
Unique Number: TBD
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Course Overview

Topics for these policy seminars have included environmental and natural resources policy, health-service delivery policy, social welfare policy, transportation policy, science and technology policy, international affairs, national security, urban and regional growth policy, and political campaigns.


Section Description

Register for this course through Continuing Education.

This course focuses on the natural and human environment, primarily in Israel but also among its neighbors (Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, the Palestinian Authority and Egypt). This course addresses major environmental topics such as water quantity, water quality, air quality, solid wastes, hazardous materials, protection of natural areas and endangered species, land management, human population, wildlife, energy, and natural resources. A student can enroll in any of four alternative course numbers, each listed for the first Summer Session of 2011.  The course is described above as a ‘Three-Week’ course because that designation reflects the period when the course will be offered, May 23 to June 10, 2011. For registration purposes, the class is a first Summer Session course. The field component of the class will be taught in Sde Boker, Israel from May 23 to June 10, 2011. Student travel to Israel should be scheduled for arrival in Tel Aviv no later than May 22, 2011. This course will include class lectures and field study in the region. Grading will be based on a fieldwork journal, class participation, and a research paper.

Course Meetings: There will be a series of preliminary required meetings for students during Spring 2011. This will include an initial meeting at 5 pm, Tuesday, January 18. There will be a two-day training session during April 20-21. The field course in Israel will occur from May 23 – June 10, 2011. The class will convene in the classroom for five days a week and there will be travel in the field during 6 days a week, with optional travel offered on the seventh day. The class is designed for graduate students at The University of Texas at Austin, although a junior or senior undergraduate can enroll for credit in the course with the prior approval of her or his departmental advisor. Below is a list of the class days and assigned topics. Students can enroll for credit under four different course numbers for Geography, Middle Eastern Studies, Geosciences or Public Affairs.

Grading: Each student is expected to write a field journal (which can be in the form of a blog) regarding the field visits indicating locations visited, the content of the visit and reactions to that content. Each student will be expected to attend regularly and participate both in classes and the field program. A research paper on a topic of student interest will be required, with a length that exceeds 20 pages. The paper topic must be agreed upon in advance between the student and the instructor, and the topic must be related to the subject of the course. Grades will reflect the following percentage allocation: (a) a field journal: 25 percent; (b) a research paper: 50 percent; and (c) class participation: 25 percent.

Students are expected to depart to Israel no later than Saturday, May 21, 2011 and arrive in Tel Aviv no later than May 22, 2011. Class will begin on May 23, 2011.