Fall 2006 Course Description

Policy Research Project

Section Title: Cross-border Environmental Management
Instructor(s): David Eaton
Course: P A 682A - Policy Research Project
Unique Number: 65195
Day & Time: Tuesdays, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Room: SRH 3.102
Waitlist Information:For LBJ Students: UT Waitlist Information
Notes: Cross-list with MES 381

This course fulfills requirements for the following specialization(s):

Description: This course is concerned with environmental management across four sets of borders: (a) the Canada-US border; (b) the Mexico-Texas border; (c) the boundaries between the Palestinian Authority and Israel; and (d) the border between Pakistan and India associated with the Indus River Basin.

Clients: North American Development Bank, US Department of State, US Agency for International Development, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Texas Water Development Board

A. A List of Water Projects

Some of the water topics to be considered by groups within the PRP and their associated clients are:



B. A List of Environmental Projects

Some of the topics to be considered by groups within the PRP and their associated clients are:

Class Activities: Student activities are likely to include: review of records of organizations; field investigations; interviews; mail surveys; and focus groups. Students may: (a) prepare training materials and use them; (b) write policy analyses that can be used by the clients; and (c) develop proposals for projects or investments. Students will be expected to prepare reports that are equivalent to those of professional consultants or research staff.
A student?s performance in the course will be evaluated based on her/his writing (90 percent) and participation in the class activities (10 percent).

Student groups will begin the class by developing proposals for the school year. The proposals will include background, issues, methods, outcomes, schedule, budget and management. For the remainder of the year the class activity will track the proposals.

UT/Austin Policy on Scholastic Dishonesty

?Students who violate University rules on scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure in the course and/or dismissal from the University. Since such dishonesty harms the individual, all students, and the integrity of the University, policies on scholastic dishonesty will be strictly enforced. For further information, please visit the Student Judicial Services web site at: deanofstudents.utexas.edu/sjs/.


Grade Policy:Students who register for this course will receive grades on a scale with + and ? options: A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, etc. Grades will follow Graduate School rules.

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