A) Lectures, Discussions, and Research Prospectus: Each session begins with a lecture that introduces students to key concepts, followed by a directed discussion of the concepts and the assigned readings. During the final Fall, 2016 session, student research teams (2-3 students per team) will present and defend their research prospectus for the Spring research trip.
1) Competing Values and Environmental Policy Conflict: A lecture and discussion of the value-based judgments that fuel environmental policy conflicts. (2 ½ hr. Session).
2) The Economics of Environmental Policy: A lecture and discussion regarding the economic considerations of environmental policy. (2 ½ hour session).
3) Environmental Policy Options: A lecture and discussion concerning environmental policy options (2 ½ session).
4) Introduction to the Environmental Challenges of Bonaire: A film and discussion concerning environmental problems faced by the Island of Bonaire (2 ½ hour session).
5) Defense of Research Plans. At this important session, student research teams will explain the research issue they desire to study during the spring field trip, they will identify the key stakeholders they plan to interview (minimum of three), they will outline key experience that could promote their knowledge of the issue. Each research plan will follow the policy model discussed in detail in Chapter 2 of Chesapeake Bay Blues.
B) Experiential Learning: This aspect of the program provides seminar participants with direct exposure to environmental problems and meaningful access to policy makers. These experiences enable students to apply what they learned in the fall and an opportunity to conduct environmental policy field work. Only students who fully participated in the seminar’s lectures and discussions in the fall and who successfully defended their research plans will be permitted to participate in the spring field work:
6) Caribbean Planning Session #1: Students will discuss the interviews and experiences they plan to complete during the field experience.
7) Caribbean Planning Session #2: Students will discuss the interviews and experiences they plan to complete during the field experience.
8) Spring Break Field Experience (Caribbean): Working in small research teams, seminar participants will implement their pre-approved research plans.
9) Analysis workshop. Following the field experience, students will make use of this working session to organize their key findings and to create research slides.
10) 7th Annual Environmental Leadership Student Symposium: The student participants will present their research findings at the spring symposium.
11) EI End of Year Celebration