Science Policy to Action

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Fall 2016
Evening and Weekend
Credits per quarter

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Imagine sitting at “the table,” negotiating science policy with international leaders. Or, researching and drafting a new invasive species law at the governor’s request. This course provides an introduction to science policy, with the goal of translating concepts into implementable action. We will study the actors in the science policy arena; analyze how the United States and international political institutions and processes govern science policy; and experience the roles of scientists and policymakers in creating and implementing policies through case studies covering a wide range of policy areas (e.g., water, health, climate, energy, environment). We also will explore how agencies, legislatures, and courts resolve resource-use conflicts, and the role of scientific information and uncertainty in this process. Background readings and in-class case studies focused on reaching a policy objective will prepare students for authoring a policy memo, and applying these skills to professional experiences. Science policy will come alive!

Online learning:
  • Enhanced Online Learning - This offering requires access to web-based tools, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.

Scheduled for: Evening and Weekend

Located in: Olympia

Advertised schedule:

Nov 4-6, 5-9p Fri, 9a-5p Sat/Sun