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Last approved: Thu, 06 Oct 2016 19:03:46 GMT

Last edit: Thu, 06 Oct 2016 19:03:46 GMT

Proposal Type

Writing Intensive

Contact Information

mccannl
Laura
McCann
mccannl@missouri.edu
573/882-1304
Agricultural/Applied Economics
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Instructor for whom you are submitting proposal:
mccannl
Laura
McCann
mccannl@missouri.edu
573/882-1304
Agricultural/Applied Economics
Subject Area’s Department Chair/Director:
findeisj
Jill
Findeis
findeisj@missouri.edu
573/882-7740
Applied Soc Sci Div Admin

Term for Proposal

 
Spring 2017

Course Catalog Information

CAFNR
Agricultural Economics (AG_EC)
Agricultural Economics
2070W
3
 
30
Environmental Economics and Policy - Writing Intensive
Examines current environmental and natural resource issues using a systems perspective and key economic concepts. Explores connections between the environment and the economy based on problems at the local, national, and international levels.
Social Science
Lecture/Standard
A-F (allow student to choose S/U option)
sophomore standing.
 
 
ENGLSH 1000.
ENV_ST 2070 - Introduction to Ecological Economics

Instructor Information

mccannl
Laura
McCann
mccannl@missouri.edu
573/882-1304
Agricultural/Applied Economics
(numbers only)
Tenured Professor
212 Mumford Hall
Yes, but instructor doesn’t recall when or it has been longer than five years
 

The Campus Writing Program conducts a two-day faculty workshop to assist with the design and implementation of your writing intensive course. Once your course proposal has been approved by the Campus Writing Program, you will receive information on time, date and location of the workshop.
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Graduate Student
Briefly describe the qualifications of the known graduate instructors, or planned qualifications if graduate instructors are still to be selected, bearing in mind that graduate students teaching honors courses should be advanced students with a record of excellent teaching.
 

Honors Course Information

 
 
Answer the questions below as they would apply to one section. For all other sections, provide similar information in the Additional Sections Information box below.
 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Writing Intensive Course Information

Environmental issues are contentious and each person views them using a different paradigm based on their values and experiences. There are several approaches that can be used to examine an environmental problem and develop solutions. This course will discuss the role of economics in the decision-making process. Real world solutions to environmental problems need to draw from both science and economics while also being aware of political realities. The course format is a mixture of lectures and discussion of readings and current events.
The course content will remain similar but assignments are modified to be topical.
Face-to-face
Self paced?

42
45
Should this course be considered for funding?
Yes
Large Enrollment Courses:
 
 
 

Writing Intensive Assignments

Words
Microtheme 1
Microtheme 1: The purpose is to solidify supply and demand concepts. There are two drafts, each with an 1320 word limit. Both drafts are evaluated by either the TA or myself (we consistently grade one half of the alphabet).
Length of assignment:
1320
Instructor/TA
1320
Instructor/TA
2640

Microtheme 2
Microtheme 2: The purpose is to solidify concepts relating to non-market valuation of environmental and natural resource goods. There are two drafts, with length as for Microtheme 1. The first draft is peer reviewed but the TA and I grade the peer review and then the final submission.
Length of assignment:
1320
Peers
1320
Instructor/TA
2640

Microtheme 3
Microtheme 3: The purpose is to solidify benefit-cost analysis concepts using a recent real-world policy issue. There is one draft of 1100 words.
Length of assignment:
1100
Instructor
 
 
1100

Evaluation of Writing
In addition, students are asked to evaluate their writing for the assignment and for the course as a whole (200 words). Grading is done by the TA and myself.
Length of assignment:
200
TA/Instructor
 
 
200

Earth Day
Earth Day: There is one other small assignment for Earth Day (1 page, 300 words) that is written.
Length of assignment:
300
Instructor
 
 
300

Total pages for all assignments:
First drafts:
12.85
Revisions:
8.00
20.85
Exams: The three exams are primarily essay format. It is hard to put a numerical value on the pages of the exams since some students write very little while others (usually the better students) write five pages for each midterm.

Writing Intensive Teaching

Instructor provided feedback
Other
Peer review
The first revision involves the TA and I providing feedback to the students. For the second revision, the students submit a graded peer review and we provide input on it as well as on the final submission.
 
The goal of this class is for students to look at both sides of an issue, so examining both the benefits and costs of exploiting natural resources (for example) are inherent in the discipline. The final assignment asks them to do research on the various impacts associated with a project or policy relative to the status quo. Some issues are mentioned by most students but generally there is diversity in the issues that are examined. Given they are not able to actually quantify all of the impacts in dollar terms, there is no right answer regarding whether the project should be approved or not.
It is as evenly distributed across the semester as I can rather than one large paper at the end.
50
%
 
1
I generally identify a student in our department with interests in sustainability or the environment. This year an incoming Ph.D. student has been identified who is also my advisee. I have the TAs attend the WI TA workshop that you hold every semester. I discuss grading of each assignment with them, sending a few of my graded assignments to them and also asking them to send a couple assignments to me. Since there is only one TA this is less of an issue than for a large class with multiple TAs.

Course Syllabus

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Administrative Information

Education and Social Sciences
 
 

Acknowledgement

I have read and reviewed the updated proposal

Additional Comments

I have attached last year's syllabus given the beginning of class is several months away. By asking if the class should be considered for funding, I assume you are asking whether I would like to continue to receive funding for the graduate TA as I have in previous years. (I do not expect funding for course redesign, etc.)
Patricia Luckenotte (luckenottep) (Thu, 06 Oct 2016 19:03:21 GMT): I have added AG_EC 2070W, 01 to the Spring schedule of classes and cancelled AG_EC 2070, 01 for Spring.
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