Environmental Policy, Economics, Human Dimensions, & Institutional Analysis

The following courses are approved for Environmental Policy, Economics, Human Dimensions, & Institutional Analysis.


Introduction to economic models of renewable and nonrenewable natural resources and the use of these models in the analysis of current resource use and environmental issues. 3 credits.
Designed to assist in understanding how environmental information and knowledge are produced, disseminated, and utilized in a variety of institutional contexts. Readings are selected to promote discussion and interaction concerning alternative mechanisms for protecting environmental resources. Prerequisite: introductory microeconomics course suggested. 3 credits.
This course investigates the major drivers of global agricultural and environmental change associated with the global farm and food system. This includes demography, income growth, biofuels, climate change, environmental and ecosystem services, livestock consumption, food waste and land use change. 3 credits.
Research methods, scientific methodology, problem identification, and the nature of policy problems including economic policy readings, case studies, and practice project proposals. 3 credits.
2 credits.
Policy analysis for agriculture in the world economy. Emphasis on application of economic theory to analyze commodity programs, international trade, environmental concerns, and investment in human capital and agricultural research. Prerequisite: AGEC 41000. 3 credits.
This graduate-level seminar introduces students to the foundations, current practice of, and diverse applications of a political ecology framework. Political ecology is an integrative framework that addresses human-environment relations across multiple scales. As local to global environmental change increasingly challenges researchers to work within interdisciplinary settings and with different sectors, this course also demonstrates how political ecology approaches provide pathways to forge these collaborations. No prerequisites required. 3 credits.
An introduction to the human dimensions of foresty, wildlife, and recreation; students will learn how values, attitudes, community, and behavior relate to natural resource management and decision-making; various natural resource management stakeholders such as private landowners, natural resource agencies, the judiciary, and environmental and natural resource interest groups will be discussed; course will utilize case studies specific to Indiana and the Midwest; course includes weekly discussions during recitations. 3 credits.
Application of capital and financial theory to timber management, including optimal stocking, rotation length, and regulation. Necessary and sufficient conditions for renewability at micro- and macroeconomic levels. Price determination in timber and wood products markets. 3 credits.
3 credits.
The impact of science and technology on personal and societal value systems. The special responsibility of engineers. Practical methods for using human values to guide future technological developments. Societal problems considered: warfare, energy, overpopulation, resource depletion, and environmental degradation. Interdisciplinary approaches stressed. Offered in alternate years. 3 credits.
Environmental policy development in the international arena, with attention to international law, international organizations, and transboundary environmental problems. 3 credits.
The political problems of natural resource use and environmental quality. Theoretical foundations for environmental policy and its evaluation, the political context of environmental policy, principles of administering environmental policies, and the significance of international law and institutions for environmental policies. 3 credits.
3 credits.
An introduction to public policy and processes as a field of graduate study with an emphasis on the literature. Typically offered Fall Spring. 3 credits.
Investigation in depth of a substantive aspect of environmental policy or a theoretical approach to environmental policy, with emphasis on student research. 3 credits.
This course introduces basic concepts and quantitative tools for modeling socialecological systems (also called coupled natural and human systems) and sociotechnical systems. This course will help students gain precise quantitative understanding of resilience and regime shift through local stability analysis. Students will learn how to use modeling to conduct ‘what-if’ analysis, map out the future possibility space, or to understand mechanisms that generate observed phenomena. 3 credits.
Provides an overview of the history, science, mission, practice, and future of public health. Discusses the core public health principles and services, and the expected professional practitioner competencies. Presents current issues for discussion and analysis. Typically offered Fall, Spring, Summer. 3 credits.


* Students can have up to 6 credits of 300-400 level courses applied to their plan of study.