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Coastal Policy and Politics 100% Online Class Description

Class Name and Credits

The Policy and Politics of Coastal Areas, Pol Sci 442xw/542xw - (co-listed as ENV S 442 and C DEV 542)
Community Development Great Plains IDEA Program
(In other curricular it is listed as Coastal Zone Management Policy and Politics class)
This class is offered entirely on the World Wide Web
Credit awarded by Iowa State University - Taught by Prof. Steffen W. Schmidt


Fulfills the American Government and Comparative Politics Requirements in Pol Sci. as well as requirements in Public Administration, CRP, and the International Studies Program.

General Guidelines

There is a total of 25 short class units in the Coastal Policy course. You do about 3 per week. Saturdays and Sundays are class days since the classroom is your home, boat, beach or wherever you are logging on! You should pace yourself but you may start early with readings and watching video units (take notes) and may complete these more or less at your own pace, but you must finish the course by the last day. No incompletes can be given.
This Coastal Policy course is on the honors system. You, the student, by enrolling in the course, pledge to do all of the assignments yourself. You pledge to take the quizzes 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.
Participants must have World Wide Web access with e-mail, 56K modem connection or better, computer with a sound card and speakers.

Coastal Policy Course Objectives
Students in this class will explore and analyze critical issues, strategies, and solutions to coastal zone problems including the following:

  • On-going research on the coastal ecosystems and on the non-coastal factors impacting the environmental health of oceanic and coastal zones.
  • The need for reorganization of congressional legislative and oversight responsibilities. (New organizational development for coastal policy is a necessity in most countries).
  • Consolidation and coordination of regulatory agencies.
  • More synergy between federal, state, and local policy initiatives.
  • The creation of strategic partnerships between Coastal Zone planners/policymakers, citizens, and the private sector (fishing industry, land developers, the tourism industry, seashore sports, and recreation providers including diving and sports fishing).
  • Renewed and improved public education and information initiatives.
  • Strengthened public services in particular fresh water resource management, waste disposal, and sewage treatment.
  • New approaches to coastline and beach protection, especially new approaches to beach and dune erosion management.
  • Issues related to coastline construction, insurance, flood and storm protection, liability, emergency services, and transportation.
  • The special problems of small island nations.
  • New mechanisms (such as World Wide Web community information portals) to increase the dialog between citizens, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and other stakeholders in the local coastal zone.
  • The strengthening of "Virtual communities" of persons.

gfReadings
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!
Against the Tide, by Cornelia Dean, paperback, hardback, or the new pdf downloadable version available from Amazon.com or bookstore- (2001) Columbia Univ Press.
Ocean's End: Travels Through Endangered Seas, by Colin Woodard, 320 pages, 1st edition (2001), Basic Books; ISBN: 046501571

gfAssessment/Testing/Grading - 100% on line
Watch the digital video lectures. There will be test questions from these!

A. Tests
Four on-line tests over the assigned material. 4x 50 questions ( 2pts each). Each test is worth max 100 points each. (400 max points).
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 e-mail log in and password. WebCT will be used to manage the course and for testing and discussions.

B. Discussions
10 original postings by you on the "message/discussion" forum and at least 10 responses by you to postings by others students. 10x10 points. 100 max points.
i. Undergraduate- Total possible points in the course = 500 max points.
ii. Graduate students will complete the on-line tests, post discussions, and are also required to write 2 graduate level essay tests (50 points max. each = 100 - total 200 points) and do a short (10-12 page) research paper (50 points max.). This will most often be a literature review on a topic of coastal policy or management of special interest to each graduate student. Total possible 750 points. (Click here for paper guidelines).

Who Should Take This Course?

The bold, new public initiative on coastal zone management policy presents exciting opportunities to political scientists, public managers, environmental scientists, teachers, citizens, and policymakers. This course is intended for four different audiences of students:

1. Graduate students from around the world in a variety of fields who want to strengthen their understanding of the political and policy dimensions of coastal policy and seashore/ocean environmental policy.

2. Upper level undergraduates interested in earning 3-6 college credits on a fascinating topic to be used to fulfill general requirements in their program of study.

3. Practitioners, teachers, local government leaders, and those needing continuing education credit.

4. Non-traditional students and concerned citizens who wish to learn more about this topic and who are interested in meeting people involved in work related to the seashore

Professor's Biographical Information

Prof. Schmidt was born in Cali, Colombia. His parents were German immigrants. Dr. Schmidt studied at the Colegio Bolivar and in Switzerland, graduated from high school at a US Military Academy, Jacksonville, Florida. His B.A. is from Rollins College, Winter Park, Fla., and he was awarded a Ph.D. in Public Law and Government (Political Science) by Columbia University, New York. Prof. Schmidt taught at Southampton College, Long Island, before becoming Professor of Political Science and Policy at Iowa State University. He is also an associate of the Oceanographic Center, Nova University, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and the Latin American Institute, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

His prize book is the co-authored American Government and Politics Today, 17th edition, 2009 the most widely used college textbook on politics and government. He has also written on coastal topics including "Coastal Waters Management" in Water Science, a student encyclopedia from Macmillan Reference Books, (2002). He also wrote "The Coast and Geodetic Survey,""Long Island," "Bermuda," and "Yacht Racing" for the new Dictionary of American History (2002). His essays "The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),”“Water Rights,” and the “National Maritime Administration” will be forthcoming in 2002 in the Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Policy.


Prof. Schmidt has a horse farm, scuba dives and sails large sailboats in the Caribbean, Seattle, Boston, and South Florida

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