The Role of Science in Environmental Governance

HNR 360 - The Role of Science in Environmental Governance

MySlice Info:

Term: Fall 2019
Class #: 21346
Section: M008
Credits: 3

Todorova, Svetoslava

Counts toward:
HNR Soc Sci, Course Global Non-Euro

Course Time(s):
MW 12:45pm-2:05pm PLUS required course trip


Course Description:

This course explores the important balance between scientific, social, and economic views in the context of environmental decision-making. Students will learn about the role of governments, scientific bodies, and non-governmental organizations in global environmental decision-making, and how science, economics, and ethics may interfere during the development of international treaties.

This is an experiential learning course which evokes and replicates important aspects of the international policy-making process while teaching students about global mercury cycling. It is modeled after the United Nations Environmental Program Intergovernmental Negotiations on Mercury which led to the development of the Minamata Convention on Mercury. As part of the course, students will travel to Geneva, Switzerland to participate in the 3rd Conference of the Parties of the Minamata Convention on Mercury.


Required course trip during Thanksgiving Break to Geneva, Switzerland. One weekend simulation exercise required. More information here: