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MCOP 593: Seminar in Coastal & Ocean Policy
Dr. Jessica Weinkle
Leutze Hall 272, Office Hrs By Appointment
Class Meets from 6:30- 9:15pm in Bear 161
Course Overview This course is the first half of a two-part sequence that culminates the Master in Coastal and Ocean Policy program.  However, enrollment is not restricted to MCOP students and I welcome students from outside the program.   This course is to help you learn to think more effectively, critically and responsibly about any decision problem in any policy area.  That said, in this course, we will focus on examples and exercises in the area of coastal and ocean policy.     As a means to this goals, I expect you to read the assigned material prior to class and participate in class discussions and individual and group projects.  Your thoughtful preparation for class is essential for the success of your classmates.   This course is structured as a seminar.  This means that much of class time is in the form of discussion based on the assigned texts.  Therefore, much of the substantive material brought into class for discussion is done so by you through active participation and thoughtful consideration.   During class discussion, I expect you to listen closely to others, think critically and be respectful of fellow classmates.  Some may be sensitive to certain topics; viewpoints may clash.  Everyone is entitled to an opinion.  Classroom discussion is meant to allow for an open exchange of ideas and for you to hear a variety of viewpoints.   Please feel free to contact me.  I am happy to discuss ideas, class projects and hear your thoughts on the readings and the course.
The MCOP program has a blog
This Course has a page on the blog
+ The Policy Process by Susan Clark       + Other stuff available online through the course page         (see above)
Required Reading
How you are graded
Available Points
1. Participation 200 2. Final Project 300 3. Group Lead 200 4. One Pagers 200 5. Presentation 100 *Points earned are on Blackboard
Grading Scale
A = 1000- 920 A- = 919-900 B+ = 899-880 B = 879- 820 B- = 819- 800 C+ = 799- 780 C = 779- 720 C- = 719- 700 F = 699 - 0
Participation is required.   This means you must come to class prepared to discuss the material and engage in classroom activities. Simply attending class is not sufficient.  I am the subjective judge of excused/unexcused absences as well as level of participation in general. Final Project You will do a final project.  We will discuss further in class. Group Discussion Lead You will lead a group discussion. I will discuss this further in class. Weekly one pagers You will write a short critical opinion on the assigned readings about every week. Presentation You will do a presentation outlining your final project.
This semester's case study is....
The things you will do here
GenX disposal in the Cape Fear River
I do not take late work
No cheating
No plagarising
Be respectful
Be prepared
Be mindful of electronics
Ask for help
Email is official
Week 1 Introduction: Concepts and Models and Criteria Week 2 A common problem Week 3 Positivism Week 4 A different Way Week 5 Social Process Week 6 Decision Process Week 7 Problem Orientation Week 8 Social Dynamics (myths and symbols) Week 9 To what end do we work? (e.g. Democracy) Week 10 Knowledge Integration: Who are you? Where do you stand? Week 11 Guest Speaker Week 12 Student led discussion Week 13 Student led discussion Week 14 Student led discussion Week 15 Student led discussion Week 16 Presentations
Tentative Schedule
Additional fine print on the below policies can be found on the Haint Blue and the course Blackboard page. + Academic integrity + Regarding plagiarism + Services for students with disabilities + Use of personal electronic devices in the classroom + Regarding the commercial sale of course materials
Pay Attention
This is a "living" document.  It will likely change slightly- here and there- over the course of the semester.  I will announce changes, but you will have to pay attention.