Syllabus URL: http://www.public.iastate.edu/%7Esws/ISUCoastalcourese.htm

 

 

 

The coastal areas of the world are the fastest growing by population and also by economic activity - yet they are also very vulnerable. This class gives you a very quick (4 week intensive) exploration of these issues and proposed solutions to coastal community problems.

Summer 2011 - May 16 - June10 (4 weeks INTENSIVE)

The Policy and Politics of Coastal Areas

Pol Sci 442/542 - Also Env S 442 and
Community Development Great Plains IDEA Program sections XF and XH.

This class is offered entirely on the Internet
Credit awarded by Iowa State University - Taught by Prof. Steffen W. Schmidt
(sws@iastate.edu)
Liz Leuthauser and Paul Schmidt, TA's

Fulfills the American Government and Comparative Politics Requirements in Pol Sci. as well as requirements in Public Administration, CRP, and the International Studies Program. Also fulfills requirements for GP-IDEA Community Development.

Comm Dev Community Development students also check out http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/noaamoa.html, http://www.comm-dev.org/ and http://coastalmanagement.noaa.gov/partnership.html These are the key coastal community development sites.

1. READ THIS: Honors System

This course is on the honors system. You, the student, by enrolling in this course, pledge to do all of the assignments yourself. You pledge to take the tests and post the discussions without the assistance of anyone. Violations will result in nullification of your final grade in this class. Tests may be open book. If you cannot comply with the honors system please notify the instructor and drop the class.

2. Readings and Assignments

The following books may be purchased at Amazon.com, ISU bookstore, or most large bookstores. Please buy these as soon as you register for the course and start reading!

  • Ocean's End: Travels Through Endangered Seas, by Colin Woodard, 320 pages, 1st edition, Basic Books; ISBN: 0465015719
  • Further readings inside WebCT linked to Web assignments. These are testable.

3. Technical Requirements:

A. Videos: Watch the streaming digital video lectures. You need Real Player (Mac or PC), Flash, and a sound card in your computer. You must be able to stream media on the computer you are using to enroll in this class. There will be test questions from the media in this class!

B. Course Management System: Please go to WebCT at Iowa State University if you have registered for this class - Pol Sci 442/542x, The Policy and Politics of Coasta... - This is the class management web site. Your name will be entered automatically from the class registration list. You can log into the site using your ISU NetID and password. WebCT will be used to manage the course and for testing and discussions.

4. Assessment/Testing/Grading:

A. Tests - On-line tests/quizzes over the assigned material. One quiz per week over assigned material. Each test has many variations of each question which are automatically rotated for every student. Moreover, the order of test questions is randomized. Therefore, every test for each student will be unique. 200 max points total (50 each test).

B. Discussions- Original postings by you on the "message/discussion" forum and responses by you to postings by others students. 200 max points.

C. Total Points possible -

i. Undergraduate- Total possible points in the course = 400 max points possible.

ii. Graduate students will complete all the on-line tests, post discussions, and are also required to write a 10 page research proposal paper. You will choose an interesting coastal topic and write up wjy its important and IF you had time how you would research it. Include at least 20 references. Max 100 points.

Total possible 500 points earned by graduate students.

Please follow the sequence below. You may accelerate or "catch up" but you must cross the finish line with all assignments, tests, postings, done by the last day shown below on the syllabus.

The syllabus including the updated assignments are inside Black Board > click here to link to the BB login page

This year we will cover the following matrail in the class:

Coastal natural and human disasters such as hurricanes and tsunamis as well as oil spills; the impact of tourism on the coastal environment; political and policy issues related to wildlife and the marine and coastal ecosystem, and finally the controversy over climate change and global warming.




Ignore material below. Go directly to the site in BB.

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Timeline

Activities

Chapter/Title

Content

Assessment

Introduction

Video Intro.1 Distance learning (YouTube)

Video Intro.2 How I teach my Web Class (YouTube).

Print this Syllabus Orientation and Introduction Post a brief biography of who you are in WebCT Discussions

Week 1
June 1-7

 

Day 1

 

Fun Video 1.1: Only Rain Down the Drain

Video 1.1:"Integrated Coastal Management - Levels of Power"

Please play all media from inside WebCT

T1 Connection

 

Read

Against the Tide: Ch 1-4

Coastal Issues: Preface & Ch 1

On-line Reading 1.1: "Coastal and Marine Management"

This chapter lays out the lessons from Galveston, Texas which was destroyed by the 1900 hurricane. This was the deadliest natural disaster in US history in terms of loss of human life. Why was the city so vulnerable? What was done to rebuild and protect the city afterwards? What are the lessons? Always ask yourself in the assigned readings "What are the public policy and political implications of this?"

 

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Post Discussion 1.1
Note: These discussions are required, graded assignments.

Week 1

 

Day 2

 

Read

Coastal Issues: Ch. 2
"The Great Beach"

On-line Reading 1.2: "Integrated Management"

This is a case study of the Atlantic Beaches in Mass. and the West Coast beaches. How are these different in their geological origins? How are beaches created and maintained by nature? How does human interaction (and policies regulating land use) affect the coastal zone in these areas?

Practice Quiz

Graduate students: Send a brief research paper topic proposal for approval to Dr. Schmidt now.

 

Week 1

 

Day 3

 

Video 1.3: Florida/ "Risky Insurance"

T1 Line Connection

Podcast 1.3: Hurricanes

Read

Coastal Issues: Ch. 3
"Armor"

On-Line Reading 1.3: "Risky Insurance - Florida"

This chapter discusses the "armouring" of the shoreline with man-made engineering. What is it and what are some of the problems? What are some of the ways that people try to fix the problems of beach erosion? Is erosion of the shore really a problem or is it only so when people build on the coast? Again, ask yourself what the role of local, state, and the federal government are in addressing problems created by beach and coastal armour.

Post Discussion 1.3

Week 1

 

Day 4

 

 

END of Week 1

Read

Coastal Issues: Ch. 4
"Unkind Cuts"

 What are inlets? This chapter discusses creating inlets and the difficulties of maintaining these. Why is this of interest to us as students of coastal zones and coastal politics and policy? What are some of the innovative ways people have tried to deal with the problems caused by inlets?

TEST 1

(Week = Monday-Sunday)

Graduate students: Send an update.

Week 2
June 8-14

 

Day 1

Fun Video 2.1: Sandal

Read

Against the Tide: Ch 5-9

Coastal Issues: Ch. 5
"Unnatural Appetite"

What are artificial beaches? By what means are people maintaining and nourishing beaches? This chapter also discusses the erosion problem. What are the overall implications for the coast and beaches raised in this chapter? How does government and how do interest groups, public opinion, and the media play a role in these issues?

 

 

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Assess:
Are you viewing the video clips?

Assess:
Are you reading a chapter per day?

Assess:
Were you prepared for the test? Are you taking notes on the readings?

Assess Your Progress:
Are you keeping up with the discussions?

Week 2

 

Day 2

 

Read

Coastal Issues: Ch. 6
"Cause and Effect"

 Flood control, dams and their effects of starving beaches of their sand sources. What are "sand rights"? What were the Institutes of Justinian? What is the "Public Trust Doctrine"? Why should we be interested in the "wet beach"?

  

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Week 2

 

Day 3

Video 2.3:Seattle and the Olympic Peninsula

T1 Line Connection

 Read

Coastal Issues: Ch. 7.
"The Big One"

Online Reading 2.3: "Katrina"

Hurricane Andrew, worst case scenarios, people, and coastal planning issues are discussed here. What is the role of weather on coastal construction? What is a Class (Category) 1 storm? How about a Class 5? What are some of the long range public policy criteria that should be used by government in reviewing construction on the coast?

Post Discussion 2.3

Week 2

 

Day 4

 

 

 

Read

Coastal Issues: Ch. 8
"Clues"

 This chapter reviews the challenges of studying (researching) shorelines and erosion. How good has coastal science been? What is Duck Pier and why is it of interest in the study of beaches? What are the major principles of coastal behavior in which we should be interested as social scientists and policy analysts? What role does science play in public policy making? What role should it play?

Graduate students: You should send Dr. Schmidt a detailed progress report on your research paper now please.

Week 2

 

Day 5

 

 

 

END of Week 2

Read

Coastal Issues: Ch. 9
"Constituency of Ignorance"

 Explain the title of this chapter. Building in dangerous and vulnerable areas is discussed here. This chapter also explains the conflict between policymakers and scientists. What is the Coastal Zone Management Act? What role does the national flood insurance program play in coastal management? Why is "confiscation" an issue?

TEST 2

Week 3
June 15-21

 

Day 1

Fun Video 3.1: Glove

Read

Against the Tide: Ch 10-11

Coastal Issues: Ch.10
"For Sale"

Coastal Issues: Ch.11
"Epilogue"

Private beach ownership and public access is analyzed in this chapter. Is setting aside coastal areas a good idea? What is a "Taking?" How can we have sustainable development? Who wins nature or people?

The epilogue features some parting words, images of the coast, and some philosophy from the author.

Post Discussion 3.1

Week 3

 

Day 2

 

Read

Online Reading 3.2: Supreme Court rules on global warming

Online Reading 3.2: Bush Administration and Global Warming: Global Warming Sensorship

 

Supreme Court rules on global warming for the first time. "In a landmark decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled (2007) that the gases that cause global warming are pollutants under the Clean Air Act. The court also found that the U.S. government has the authority to regulate carbon dioxide (CO2) and other heat-trapping gases."

 

Week 3

 

Day 3

Video 3.3: The 100 Fastest Growing and Coastal U.S. Counties.

My lecture on "Exploding Counties" given at the Ann Kolb Nature Center, Dania Beach, Florida May 13, 2002. (This is a streaming audio power point)

Read

Ocean's End:Preface and Ch.1 "Dead Seas"

The preface gives you a quick overview of the book. It explains the reason why and how Colin Woodard researched the book. Ch. 1 reviews the tragic decline and collapse of the Black Sea. How did this vast body of water (the size of California) become a toxic, almost lifeless wasteland? What are the coastal policy lessons we can extract from this case? Are there any solutions to this? Could this happen in the US?

Post Discussion 3.3

Week 3

 

Day 4

Online Activity 3.4: Extinctions (on the homepage)

End of Week 3

Read

Ocean's End:Ch.2 "Ocean Blues"

This chapter gives an overview of the oceans and explains their absolutely crucial role in determining the climate and livability of planet earth. This chapter also reviews the crisis faced by the oceans today.

TEST 3

Graduate students: Exam 1

Week 4
June 22-28

 

Day 1

 

Read

Ocean's End:Ch.3 " Run from the Banks"

Online Reading 4.1: High Tech Europe and Floods

Online Reading 4.1: Dead zone and Iowa

What happens when humans harvest ("strip mine") the riches of the sea until they completely exhaust and destroy these resources? This chapter is an interesting and disturbing history of the rise and fall of Gand Banks, Newfoundland, Canada. Can we learn something from this?

Post Discussion 4.1

Graduate students: Prepare a rough draft for the end of the week.

Week 4

 

Day 2

Fun Video 4.2: "Smackdown"

Read

Online Reading 4.2: The Deltaworks - How Holland does it

Complete the readings of Ch 1-3 in Ocean's End. Take notes and, I would suggest that you write down all key terms. Think about the test questions we might prepare.

 

Week 4

 

Day 3

Video 4.3: After the Flood

Video 4.3: PBS Special

Read

Ocean's End:Ch.4 "Muddied Waters"

The Mississippi river basin is a huge waterway that is vital to much of the USA. It serves as a huge drainage system for much of the United States. What is the interrelationship of the land and the sea (Gulf of Mexico)? The "re-plumbing" and abuse of the mighty river is creating some major and tragic problems.

Post Discussion 4.3

Week 4

 

Day 4

Video 4.4: Dead Sea and Tire Reefs

End of Week 4

 

 

Take this day to review and prepare for the test that's coming up.

TEST 4

Graduate students: Send Dr. Schmidt your rough draft.

Week 5
June 29-July 5

 

Day 1

Fun Video 5.1: Fish

Read

Online Reading 5.1: World Environmental Rankings

 

 

Week 5

 

Day 2

Video 5.2

The "Dr. Politics" radio show live from Nova University Oceanographic Center, Dania Beach (Ft. Lauderdale) Florida featuring coastal issues and an interview with Dr. Andrew Rogerson.

T1 line streaming-

Read

Ocean's End:Ch.5 "Fall of Magic Kingdom"

Online Reading 5.2: Reef degradation slide show - "Pristine"

The decline of the coral reefs and coastal area of Belize, Central America, is the focus of this chapter. Are similar things happening in other places - in the US? What lessons about coastal management can we learn from this study?

 

Post Discussion 5.2

Week 5

 

Day 3

 

Fun Video 5.3: Shifting Baselines

End of Week 5

Read

Ocean's End:Ch.6 "Paradise Lost"

What are the Marshall islands and why do we need to be interested in this remote place? Because they and many other small island nations may face total destruction by climate change! What kind of coastal policy can be implemented in this place to cope with these problems?

TEST 5

Week 6
July 6-12

 

Day 1

 

Option: Video 6.1 "Pew Commission on Fish depleation"
OR
Online Reading 6.1 "Executive Report"

Online Activity 6.1: Also browse some of the in-depth Pew material.

Read

Option: Video 6.1 "Pew Commission on Fish depleation"
OR
Online Reading 6.1 "Executive Report"

Complete reading and review.

According to the Pew Oceans Commission report released June 2003, our oceans are in trouble.

Graduate students: Final paper due at the end of the week!

Week 6

 

Day 2

Fun Video 6.2: Israel

Read

Ocean's End:Ch. 7 "Message from the Ice"

In March of 2002 a huge chunk of ice (the size of Rhode Island) in the Antarctic Peninsula collapsed into the sea in record short time. The message from the ice reveals a great deal to us about the potential future (and dangers to) climate on the planet. It therefore also has very significant implications for coastal policy.

Post Discussion 6.2

Week 6

 

Day 3

 

Video 6.3:"Turks and Caicos Islands (Grand Turk)"

I have several different streaming options for this one. Try them and see what works best!

T1-DSL Line Streaming

Read

Ocean's End:Ch. 8 " Sea Change"

In this chapter the author offers some strategies for turning around some of the problems facing the oceans and coastal zones. What are these and how difficult will it be to implement these coastal and political reforms? Remember to review for the last test.

Graduate studentsYour research paper is now due. Please send it as an attachment to Dr. Schmidt inside WebCT.

Week 6

 

Day 4

Online Activity 6.4: "Defying Ocean's End (DOE) Homepage"

Read

Online Reading 6.4: Defying Ocean's End Executive Summary" PDF file

Not all is hopeless! This is a wonderful project. One of my former students at Nova Oceanographic center is involved with this whole, large project to reverse the negative trends.

Review this homepage and check out what they are doing. Read the executive summary (testable!).

Post Discussion 6.4

TEST 6

Graduate studentsExam 2

Week 6

 

Day 5

Video 6.5 Optional!

Brief comments on the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire and the economic limitations of coastal zone use caused by climate.

Summer class officially ends

Fill out on-line course evaluation please.

Congratulations!

Have a great summer!

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