Environmental Leadership Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives: Know, Do, and Lead

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

  • Define and apply major concepts related to environmental justice (e.g., environmental racism, disparate impact of environmental harms, unequal access to environmental goods, unequal access to power within environmental decision-making systems…).
  • Explain how competing worldviews influence ideas regarding environmental justice (e.g., shallow ecology, deep ecology, radical environmental thought…).
  • Describe how market failures relate to environmental justice (tragedy of the commons, negative externalities, weak property rights, trans-boundary disputes…).
  • Compare and contrast the major policy options available for meaningfully addressing environmental injustices (regulatory, consensus-based, market-based…).

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

  • Apply social science research techniques to a specific environmental justice question.
  • Discuss complex environmental justice readings in a seminar setting.
  • Plan and lead a group field experience related to environmental justice.
  • Conduct in-depth elite interviews with leading authorities in the scientific and policy communities.
  • Publicly present research findings at the student-led research symposium. 

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).