May 18, 2024  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

SMS 567 - Knowledge and Participation in the Science Policy Process

Environmental policy decisions should be based on the best available information, while at the same time allowing for public input.  Stakeholder engagement in science and management is increasingly promoted to improve policy-making outcomes.  This seminar examines these two dimensions of the science policy process:  how knowledge is produced and used in decision-making and the role of non-experts, including stakeholders, in this process. Through readings of the literature and case studies in marine policy, the course will explore topics such as the social construction of scientific knowledge, the role of science and scientists in policy-making, public understanding of science, non-expert participation in science and policy, and local ecological knowledge and other forms of expertise. 

Prerequisites & Notes
Graduate student standing or permission. 

Credits: 3