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Last approved: Thu, 08 Mar 2018 09:02:55 GMT

Last edit: Wed, 07 Mar 2018 15:52:48 GMT

Change Type
Major
NR (Natural Resources)
460
010296
Dual-Level Course
Yes
560
Cross-listed Course
No
Renewable Natural Resource Management and Policy
Renew Res Pol Mgt
College of Natural Resources
Forestry (15FOR)
Term Offering
Fall Only
Offered Every Year
Fall 2016
Previously taught as Special Topics?
Yes
5
 
Course Prefix/NumberSemester/Term OfferedEnrollment
NR 460/NR 595Fall 201573
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Letter Grade Only
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3.0
Course Attribute(s)


If your course includes any of the following competencies, check all that apply.
University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Frederick Cubbage
Professor
full

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture10050YesJoint listed with undergraduate course NR 460; Graduate students must write a study plan for their research as their term paper. 75 seats for NR 460 and 25 for NR 560.
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Prerequisite: Junior standing.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing
Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Yes
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
12NRDMSMaster of Natural Resources Elective
The interaction of legal principles and governmental institutions in the development and implementation of natural resource policy and management. Legal principles, constitutional provisions and the location and organization of governmental programs. Examples from both historic and current case studies.

This course is taught at the senior/graduate student level, and has been taken by students at both levels for 20 years. Graduate students enrolled in NR 595 Special Topics to complete this course. Graduate students may take the course and must perform a more detailed writing assignment for their term paper, specifically writing a draft study plan for their anticipated graduate student research thesis or project. 


No

Is this a GEP Course?
Yes
GEP Categories
Social Sciences
Humanities Open when gep_category = HUM
Each course in the Humanities category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Mathematical Sciences Open when gep_category = MATH
Each course in the Mathematial Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Natural Sciences Open when gep_category = NATSCI
Each course in the Natural Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Social Sciences Open when gep_category = SOCSCI
Each course in the Social Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 
Renewable Natural Resource Management and Policy is intended to familiarize students with political processes, public institutions, and natural resource laws. After completing the course, students should (1) be able to understand how political events shape public programs, (2) be familiar with major natural resource laws and agencies.
 
 
Four lecture periods will cover natural resource laws and policies.

Two separate examinations will be given; each will cover approximately one-half of the lecture and readings in the course excluding the natural resource laws section. Exams will consist of definitions, short answer, or short essay questions. Tests will cover assigned reading and class presentations in approximately equal shares.
 
 
The course examines natural resources and environmental history, natural resource organizations and agencies at the federal, state, and nongovernment organization (NGO) level, and policy processes. The mix of these methods and approaches synthesizes the specific GEP Social Science learning Objective 2. The policy process is used as a focus for examining principles in natural resource policy.
 
 
Upon completion of the course, students must be capable of rationally analyzing and participating in current resource issues, and be capable of writing and speaking clearly about natural resource policies.

Writing and Speaking Assignments. Two short written papers, several brief writing assignments, and one or two presentations of those assignments are required as part of the course. This will include (1) a detailed abstract for your term paper topic; (2) a summary of a natural resource issue; and (3) a brief paragraph summaries and presentations of natural resource issues or organizations.
 
 
Policy principles and processes are discussed in the first half of the class, and organizations, institutions, and public programs are discussed in the last third of the class. The principles allow students to grasp how issues arise, are placed on agendas, and at times resolved. The study of organizations and public and private programs allow student to understand how markets, incentives, regulations, and education can be used to implement natural resource policies. Case studies are used throughout the course to demonstrate the principles and the various types of programs.
 
 
Study plan. Graduate students must write a thorough study plan that will detailed the subject they plan to investigate for their research. This will include an introduction, objectives, literature review, methods (data sources and analysis approaches) personnel, timing, and expected benefits. Undergraduate students in the class must write a term paper using the policy sciences/policy process framework.

Exams also are all written, short answer exams that require students to integrate principles and practice and practice thinking and writing about natural resource issues and policies.
Interdisciplinary Perspectives Open when gep_category = INTERDISC
Each course in the Interdisciplinary Perspectives category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Visual & Performing Arts Open when gep_category = VPA
Each course in the Visual and Performing Arts category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Health and Exercise Studies Open when gep_category = HES
Each course in the Health and Exercise Studies category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
&
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Global Knowledge Open when gep_category = GLOBAL
Each course in the Global Knowledge category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve objective #1 plus at least one of objectives 2, 3, and 4:
 
 

 
 

 
Please complete at least 1 of the following student objectives.
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

US Diversity Open when gep_category = USDIV
Each course in the US Diversity category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve at least 2 of the following objectives:
Please complete at least 2 of the following student objectives.
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Requisites and Scheduling
100%
 
a. If seats are restricted, describe the restrictions being applied.
 
No restrictions. All students are welcome.
 
b. Is this restriction listed in the course catalog description for the course?
 
NA
 
List all course pre-requisites, co-requisites, and restrictive statements (ex: Jr standing; Chemistry majors only). If none, state none.
 
Junior standing. for NR 460.

Graduate standing for NR 560.
 
List any discipline specific background or skills that a student is expected to have prior to taking this course. If none, state none. (ex: ability to analyze historical text; prepare a lesson plan)
 
Introductory political science or equivalent course/s.
Additional Information
Complete the following 3 questions or attach a syllabus that includes this information. If a 400-level or dual level course, a syllabus is required.
 
Title and author of any required text or publications.
 
Cubbage, Frederick, Jay O’Laughlin, and Nils Peterson. 2015 (in press). Natural Resource Policy. Waveland Press. Chapters available on-line at NC State University electronic reserves as of 2015; In review now and should be published in 2016.
 
Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.
 
Introduction to Policy
Cubbage, O’Laughlin, Peterson, Ch. 1,2

Natural Resource Laws and History
Readings: Course Pack - Outline of NR History

Policies, Issues, and Agenda Setting
Reading: Cubbage, O’Laughlin, Peterson, Ch. 3

Decision Criteria, Implementation, Monitoring, and Evaluation
Readings: Cubbage, O’Laughlin, Peterson, Ch. 4, 5

Policy Instruments
Readings: Cubbage, O’Laughlin, Peterson, Chapter 11

Ethics & Environmentalism
Readings: Cubbage, O’Laughlin, Peterson, Chapter 6

Interest Groups and the Media
Readings: Cubbage, O’Laughlin, Peterson, Chapter 10

U.S. Constitution
Readings: U.S. Constitution and Amendments

Legislative Branch
Readings: Cubbage, O’Laughlin, Peterson, Ch. 7

Executive Branch
Readings: Cubbage, O’Laughlin, Peterson, Ch. 8

Judicial Branch, Taking
Readings: Cubbage, O’Laughlin, Peterson, Ch. 9

Partnerships and Collaboration, Kathleen McGinley, USDA FS
Readings: McGinley, Chapter 16, In: Cubbage, O’Laughlin, Peterson

Wildlife Laws and Programs: Nils Peterson, NCSU
Readings: Cubbage, O’Laughlin, Peterson, Ch. 14

Environmental Laws
Readings: Cubbage, O’Laughlin, Peterson, Ch. 13

Technical and Financial Assistance for Private Landowners
Income and Property Taxes
Farm Programs, Conservation Payments
Readingss; Cubbage, O’Laughlin, Peterson, Ch. 15

Public Lands Ownership
Readings: Vincent 2004, Federal Land Management Agencies; Cubbage, O’Laughlin, Peterson, Ch. 12
 
List any required field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers.
 
Field Trip – Hofmann Forest - Optional

Guest speakers: Karen Ciccone, Libraraian; Kathleen McGinley, Adjunct Professor; Nils Peterson, Professor; others depending on year.
College(s)Contact NameStatement Summary
College of Humanities and Social SciencesJerrell CoggburnI referred the proposed course action to those faculty members who teach in the areas of public policy, regulation, and, science policy, and environmental policy. There assessments were positive: the course in question was described as one that was good, possessing some synergy (but not duplication) with our MPA elective (e.g., environmental policy, science and technology policy) and core (public policy process) courses, and providing students with exposure to fundamental ideas in public policy and subject matter knowledge for students working in environmental management. Given these assessments, I am happy to report that PA has no objections to this course proceeding and recommends that it be approved.
This course is largely a lecture / participation course. Lectures provide a core framework for the course; the new 2016 textbook is now matched to most the lectures and allows the class period to spend a considerable amount of class time covering current natural resource policy events and for students to perform short in class exercises and examples. The class uses powerpoint presentations, the whiteboard, videos, web sites, library references and online reserves, the textbook, and traditional print media to cover natural resource policy principles and applications.

As stated above, Renewable Natural Resource Management and Policy is intended to familiarize students with political processes, public institutions, and natural resource laws.  After completing the course, students should be able to understand how political events shape public programs, and be familiar with major natural resource laws and agencies.


Student Learning Outcomes

As also stated above, on completion of this course, students should be capable of rationally analyzing and participating in current resource issues, and be capable of writing and speaking clearly about natural resource policies.


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Multiple exams50Two exams, covering about 1/3 of the semester each; written short answer exams
Quizzes204 Natural Resource History and Laws Quizzes
25 point multiple choice quizzes
Homework10About 5 short to medium writing assignments
Major Paper20Term paper for undergrads; research study plan for grads
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
Natural Resource History, Laws, and Programs20%Cover NR history from colonization to present
Policy Principles and Processes30%Lectures and cases of policy principles, policy tools, markets, and ethics
Federal and state and nongovernment organizations 20%Discuss principle participants in the policy process.
Federal, state, and NGO programs30%Discuss programs -- markets, incentives, regulations, and education/science approaches for implementing NR policy.
The NR History supplements the book.

Thanks. Fred Cubbage

mlnosbis 4/18/2016: No overlapping courses. No consultation required. This change is creating NR 560 as dual-level component.

ghodge 4/22/2016 add a consult with Public Administration Jerrell D Coggburn

9/26/2016: Consultation notes added.

ABGS Reviewer Comments:
-Syllabus and course action are well done. Only one clarification - apparently this is a request to create dual list an existing undergraduate course. However, the justification states "This course is taught at the senior/graduate student level, and has been taken by students at both levels for 20 years." Do they mean that both seniors and graduate students took NR 460 for many years and they now want to formalize the graduate portion? Is so, should that be clarified? RESOLVED.
yplee (Fri, 12 Feb 2016 20:36:02 GMT): Department is requesting dual-level course. Content in NR 460 is not changing.
lamarcus (Thu, 25 Feb 2016 18:58:09 GMT): Changes are adding NR 560 offering to the course, and Social Sciences listing is up for review.
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