Spring 2022
ENS 202 - Environment and Sustainability II
Natural Sciences and Policy
Tuesday and Thursday 9:30-10:45 am
199 Business and Economics Bldg
J. Anthony Stallins
University of Kentucky - Dept of Geography

Syllabus
Zoom office hours: Wed and Thurs 12-2 pm
(Appts can be made via Canvas)

1. The world viewed through sense, mind and context: where science and policy begin

Jan
11 Tuesday - Classroom Introduction
Philosophy and science
Scale
The Lost Norse (Science)
13 Thursday - Zoom We Cannot Live By Skepticism Alone (Nature)
18 Tuesday - Classroom Who Would Kill a Monk Seal? (NYTimes)
20 Thursday - Zoom Birds Aren't Real or Are They? (NY Times)
25 Tuesday - Zoom  
27 Thursday - Classroom Test 1
Reading questions 1 due by 11:59 pm
31 Monday Video assessment and unit reflection 1 due by 11:59 pm
Feb
2. Science and policy
as co-evolutionary dynamic

1 Tuesday - Classroom Ecological order and disorder
Complex adaptive systems
Resilience theory
Adaptive management
Can Humankind Escape the Tragedy of the Commons? (PNAS)
3 Thursday - Zoom Tragedy Revisited (Science)
8 Tuesday - Classroom  
10 Thursday - Zoom  
15 Tuesday - Classroom  
17 Thursday - Classroom Test 2
Reading questions 2 due by 11:59 pm
21 Monday Video assessment and unit reflection 2 due by 11:59 pm
3. Understanding prediction and human behavior for environmental policy
22 Tuesday - Classroom Cognitive biases and nudging
Game theory
Models and modeling
The Cognitive Biases Tricking your Brain (Atlantic)
24 Thursday - Classroom Nudging Pro-Environmental Behavior (Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution)
Mar 1 Tuesday - Classroom Tit for Tat (Radiolab)
3 Thursday - Zoom  
8 Tuesday - Classroom    
10 Thursday - Classroom Test 3
Reading questions 3 due by 11:59 pm
11 Friday Unit reflection 3 due by 11:59 pm (No video assessment)

4.
The foundation of sustainability policies: the coexistence of life forms

22 T - Classroom Conservation policies and their limits
The fuzzy concept of biodiversity
Megafauna discourses and policy
The US Endangered Species Act
Of Bombs and Butterflies (Radiolab)
24 R - Classroom Angry Inuk (Video)
29 T - Classroom The Ultimate Pursuit in Hunting (NYTimes)
31 R - Zoom Trophy (Video)
Apr 5 T - Classroom    
7 R Test 4
Reading questions 4
11 M Video assessment and unit reflection 4 due by 11:59 pm

5. Science and policy for the different Anthropocene
s

12 T - Classroom Environmentalism and ecomodernism
Algorithmic Earth
Financializing nature
The Efficiency Dilemma (New Yorker)
14 R - Classroom Animal Planet (NYTimes)
19 T - Classroom The Problem With Putting a Price on the End of the World (NYTimes)
21 R - Classroom Wall Street Eyes Billions in the Colorado's Water (NYTimes)
26 T - Classroom Prep day
28 R Reading day - No formal class meeting
May 3 T Test 5 due in Canvas by 11:59 pm (No video assessment or reflection)