F&ES 658a / 2015-2016

Global Resources, International Resources Exchanges, and the Environment (Class begins Wed, Sept 16 - Join class on classesV2 for access to online videos prior to start of class)

Credits: 3
Fall 2015: M,W, 10:30-11:50, Marsh Classroom
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F&ES 658 “Global Resources and the Environment” will not meet until September 16. Professor Oliver is away on academic activities until then.  He will make up the lost time during the semester.
We have recorded videos of a series of lectures (about 15 minutes each) that cover materials for the first three lectures—the lectures that I will miss.  These subjects are:
·         Introduction & People;
·         Climates & Climate Change;
·         Landforms
To access these videos:
1.       Join classes V2 (as registrant or shopper);
2.       Within V2, get access to the “F&EX 658_Global Resources and the Environment” site. Gain access by either:
a.       Add the course to your online registration; or
b.      Join manually.
3.       Once you have joined the class, you will be sent a link and instructions on how to join the “Canvas” website and access the videos.  (It may take a few hours, so please be patient.  If you have any problems, please email me (chad.oliver@yale.edu) ; or, if you cannot reach me, please contact Jordanna Packtor (Jordanna.packtor@yale.edu).

Students first learn the global distribution of resources—the amounts, importance, and causes of distribution, and potential changes of soils, water, biodiversity, human societies, energy sources, climates, agriculture, forests and forest products, minerals, and disturbances. They also learn how to analyze and interpret data on global resource distributions. Secondly, they gain an understanding of the value of multiple-country trading of resources. Thirdly, they gain an understanding of the many mechanisms that facilitate such exchanges, including policies and treaties; business, markets, trading partners, and economics; “good will”; social “taboos”; force; news media; philanthropy; skillful negotiations; cultural/social affiliation; technologies; shared infrastructures; and others. Four teaching methods are used: lectures on the different resources and policy mechanisms; analytical exercises for understanding how to use and interpret international data—and its limitations; a class negotiation exercise for learning the uses of international trade; and guest lectures by faculty and meetings with practitioners for learning the facilitation mechanisms. Three hours lecture; possible field trips. Chadwick D. Oliver, other faculty, and guest speakers

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