Environmental Leadership Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives: Know, Do, Understand, Lead

Knowledge-Based Objectives
After completing this program, participants will know:

  • The major environmental threats facing coastal regions today (e.g., eutrophication, agricultural runoff, pesticides, sewage, coastal development, marine resource management, sea-level rise, acidification…).
  • How competing worldviews influence ideas regarding environmental management of coastal regions (e.g., shallow ecology, deep ecology, radical environmental thought…).
  • How market failures relate to environmental conditions in coastal regions (tragedy of the commons, negative externalities, weak property rights, trans-boundary disputes…).
  • The major policy options available for addressing market-based environmental problems in coastal regions (regulatory, consensus-based, market-based…).

Skill-Based Learning Objectives
After completing this program, participants will be able to do the following:

  • Apply the social science policy model described in Chesapeake Bay Blues (by Howard Ernst) to a specific environmental problem faced by a coastal community.
  • Discuss complex environmental policy readings in a seminar setting.
  • Plan and lead a group field experience related to a coastal community.
  • Conduct in-depth interviews with leading authorities in the scientific and policy communities.
  • Publically present the findings of their research at the student-led research symposium. 

Values-Based Learning Objectives
After completing this program, participants will have a greater understanding of:

  • The connections between environmental management and economic, political, and cultural factors.
  • The tension between economic developing and achieving environmental sustainability in coastal regions.
  • The global nature of threats to marine resources and coastal environmental conditions.

Leadership-Based Learning Objectives
After completing this program, students will develop the following leadership practices:

  • Practice various group decision-making models (directive, consultative, democratic, and consensus-based).
  • Experience various leadership roles (self-leader, active-follower, peer-leader, and group-leader)
  • Practice leadership self-assessment (identify your personal leadership style, keep a leadership journal, and deliver a leadership talk).
  • Practice leadership peer-assessment (Identifying blind spots and engaging in after action feedback).