Spring 2010 Course Description

Advanced Topics in Public Policy

Section Title: Wildlife Conservation: The Evolution of Environmental Policy
Instructor(s): Robin Doughty
Course: P A 388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy
(previously Seminar in Topics in Public Policy)
Unique Number: 62550
Day & Time: Mondays, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Room: SRH 3.355
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This course fulfills requirements for the following specialization(s):

Description: The course will explore the recent ways by which nations have engaged the natural world through the conservation of threatened and endangered wild animals and their habitats. The study of conservation policy gives us insights as to how and why governments and international agencies have evolved their policies from a functional treatment of wildlife to ecological and non-consumptive regard for these resources. Recent efforts to extend protection and management, notably to migratory species, on a global scale draws upon these new values. And ongoing efforts in the arena of international wildlife conservation rely upon multiple and varied stakeholders who employ methods of negotiation that go beyond national sovereignty and self-interest and include international non-governmental organizations to articulate policies based on sustainable use, biological diversity, and generational equity. The conservation and management of marine animals, notably seabirds, is an example of how these stakeholders are operating in order to establish, manage, and monitor an international environmental convention for threatened species.

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