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Noblet - INT 105 Syllabus

Spring 2006

Course Basics

Class Meetings

Time: 1:10-2:00pm, MWF
Location: 120 Little Hall
Prerequisites: None

Instructor Contact Information

Caroline L. Noblet, M.S. Research Scientist and Lecturer
Department of Resource Economics and Policy
Winslow Hall, Suite 207 Office B
Phone: (207) 581-3172
Email:  Caroline Noblet on FirstClass

Teaching Assistant Contact Information

Clinton Dunkle
Graduate Student
Department of Resource Economics and Policy
Winslow Hall, Suite 200
Phone: (207) 581- 3180
Email: Stephen Dunkle on FirstClass

Office Hours
Caroline Noblet:  Monday and Wednesday 12 to 1 pm, other hours by appointment
Clinton Dunkle: TBA

Course Description:
This course is intended to provide students with a fundamental understanding of environmental policy.  We will discuss the factors that lead to a need for environmental policy, and the role that various government agencies and citizens play in dealing with environmental issues.  The role of economics as a means of understanding and evaluating environmental issues and policies will be an important part of this course.


Kraft, Michael E. (2004).  Environmental Policy and Politics.  Third Edition.  New York, NY: Pearson Longman. [Listed on Syllabus as Kraft]

Miller, Roger LeRoy; Benjamin, Daniel K.; North, Douglas, C. (2005)
The Economics of Public Issues.  Fourteenth Edition. Boston, MA:
Pearson Addison-Wesley. [Listed on Syllabus as Miller]

Other readings will be assigned, and are available on reserve and e-reserve at Fogler Library and will be posted in the FirstClass folder. The password is int105noblet. Reading assignments are due the day they are listed on the course outline.

Class Procedures and Requirements

Grading: Extra Credit Opportunities:
Homework:  25%                                                                     1.  Due February 3, 2006 (Friday)
In Class Assignments/Participation:        10%             2.  Due March 3, 2006 (Friday)
Midterm I:        20%                                                                 3.  Due April 3, 2006 (Monday)
Midterm II:       20%                                                                4.  Due April 28, 2006 (Friday)
Final Exam:       25%

Homework & In Class Assignments:
There will be 5 to 10 homework and in-class assignments throughout the semester, which will be equally weighted.  Homework will be posted in the First Class folder each of you should have on your desktop.  The due date of each assignment will be announced the day it is assigned.  Answers to homeworks will be provided and all assignments will be graded.  Homework must be turned in on time to receive credit.  Students may make-up one regular homework or in-class by completing two extra credit assignments.  Students must be in class to participate and receive credit for in class assignments.

Class Attendance Policy:
Class attendance is strongly encouraged, but is not mandatory.  Please note that Exams will be based on both readings, and materials discussed in class.  Your best bet for success is to attend class.


Dates of Exams:
Exam I:             Friday February 17, 2006
ExamII:           Friday April 7, 2006
Final:                Monday May 8, 2006 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm

Missed Exam Policy:
Written authorization for a missed exam is required.  Unauthorized exam absences will receive a failing grade.

Exam Format:
The format of the exams will be discussed further in class.  Exams typically include multiple-choice and reading comprehension.  The final exam will be cumulative.

Disability Policy:
Students with a disability, who may require accommodation, please speak with me as early as possible in the semester to promote success in this course and/or with Ann Smith, Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities (Onward Building, 581-2319).

Course Outline

Section I:  Introduction to Environmental Policy

Week 1: Introduction – Population and the Environment

Wednesday 1/18:  First Day of Class

Friday 1/20:      Kraft (Chapter 2)
Optional: McFalls: Population:  A Lively Introduction

Week 2: History of Environmental Policy

Monday 1/23:  Kraft (Chapter 4, pgs. 94-99) [Last day of Add/Drop]

Wednesday 1/25:  McPhee: Encounters with the Archruid (pgs. 153-245)

Friday 1/27:  McPhee: Encounters with the Archruid (pgs. 153-245)
Homework #1 ‘Footprint’ Due at Start of Class

Week 3:  Design of Environmental Policy  and the Environmental Movement

Monday 1/30:  Kraft (Chapter 4, pgs. 99-107)

Wednesday 2/1:  Carson: Silent Spring (pgs. 13-23; 97-119)

Friday 2/3:  Kraft (Chapter 4, pgs. 108-120) – Extra Credit #1 due

Week 4: Environmental Ethics – Government and Politics

Monday 2/6:  Pierce and VanDeVeer:  People, Penguins and Plastic Trees (pgs. 1-23)
Science and Technology: Eliminating Dams- Not So Fast (pg 76)
Precautionary Principle Materials

Wednesday 2/8:  Regan: The Case for Animal Rights (pgs. 211-225)
Johnson: One Man’s Cuddly Critter is Another Man’s Varmint (pgs. 1-4)

Friday 2/10:      Leopold: Sand County Almanac (pgs. 237-264)

Week 5: Government and Politics

Monday 2/13: Project Vote Smart

Wednesday 2/15:  Kraft (Chapter 3 and 1 pgs. 6-25)

Friday 2/17:  Exam I

Section II:  Introduction to Economic Principles

Week 6:  Demand and Supply – Economic Markets

Monday 2/20: Miller (Chapter 1, pgs. 1-3; pgs. 29-31)

Wednesday 2/22:         Mankiw, Essentials of Economics; Chapter 4 and 7
(E-Reserves)                “The Market Forces of Supply and Demand”
“Consumers, Producers and the Efficiency of Markets”

Friday 2/24:         Miller (Chapter 3 and 6)

Week 7: Externalities

Monday 2/27:  Mankiw, Essentials of Economics; Chapter 10 “Externalities”

Wednesday 3/1: Miller (Chapter 22 pgs. 152-154)

Friday 3/3:        Miller (Chapter 27)      – Extra Credit #2 Due

Spring Break:  3/6 to 3/17

Week 8: Common Pool Resources and Public Goods

Monday 3/20:  Review of Economics (no readings due)

Wednesday 3/22:  Mankiw, Essentials of Economics; Chapter 11
“Public Goods and Common Resources”

Friday 3/24:  Miller (Chapters 23 and 24)

Section III:  Environmental Policy Tools and Policy in Action!

Week 9:  Overview of Environmental Policy Tools

Monday 3/27:  Kraft (Chapter 5 and 6)

Wednesday 3/29:  Notes on Decentralized Policy Instruments

Friday 3/31: Acheson:  The Lobster Gangs of Maine (pgs. 1-22) and (48-70)

Week 10:  Policy Clawing into Action – A Decentralized Policy in Maine

Monday 4/3:  Acheson: The Lobster Gangs of Maine (pgs. 131-152) – Extra Credit #3

Wednesday 4/5:  Claws! Lobster in Maine – Course Folder
Acheson, et. al. “Evolution of the Maine Lobster Co-Management Law” (pgs. 52-63)

Friday: 4/7:  Exam II

Week 11:  Standards

Monday 4/10:  Notes on Standards – Course Folder; Kraft (pgs. 29-36 and 122-127)

Wednesday 4/12:  Kraft (pgs. 36-41 and 127-134)

Friday:  4/14:  National Geographic “Urban Sprawl the American Dream? – E-reserve
Maine State Planning Office “The Cost of Sprawl” – E-reserve

Week 12:  Taxes and Subsidies

Monday 4/17:  Notes on Taxes/Subsidies; Miller (Chapter 25)
Clark, “Pay as you Throw” pgs. 13-20 – E-reserve

Wednesday 4/19: Jeffrey, “Congestion Charges” – E-reserve
Visit to learn more about Congestion Charges

Friday 4/21:  USEPA, “Pollution Charges, Taxes and Fees” (pgs. 1-24) – E-reserve

Week 13:  Transferable Permits

Monday 4/24:  Notes on Transferable Permits – Course Folder

Wednesday 4/26:  USEPA “Trading Program” Chapter 6 – E-reserve

Friday 4/28:  Miller (Chapter 26) – Extra Credit #4 due

Week 14: Issues in Policy and Economics

Monday:   5/1:  Miller Chapter 5,8 and 10

Wednesday: 5/3:  No Class – Maine Day

Friday 5/5:  Last Day of Class

FINAL EXAM – Monday May 8, 2006 1:30 to 3:30

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