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environmental practicum spring 2015

ECOL 8710/JURI 5290
The class meets Wednesdays, 10:10 am - 12:05 pm, in Room 121 of the Ecology Building unless noted otherwise.


About the Practicum
Faculty: Laurie Fowler, Law and Ecology.

The fall class includes only law students and the spring class includes graduate students in law, environmental design, ecology, forestry and engineering. The purpose of the class is to provide you an opportunity to apply knowledge learned in the classroom to solve real environmental problems faced by clients. This includes learning/applying skills in problem identification, analysis of viewpoints and motivations of all relevant actors, policy development (taking these viewpoints/motivations into account) and communicating the need for and content of your policy. Another major purpose of the spring class is to provide an opportunity to work with students and faculty from other disciplines to develop sustainable environmental solutions.

Students will engage in a group project and will also be responsible for two or three independent assignments of their choosing spaced throughout the semester (we call these "memos").

We intend the class lectures to be rather broad in scope so as to be useful to all the students in the class but they will cover topics that are essential to an understanding of the group projects.

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All dates are Wednesdays unless specified otherwise.


Wed. Jan. 7

  • Introduction to Practicum (Laurie Fowler, Katie Sheehan)
  • Review/Discuss learning goals, rubric, schedule, potential projects, other assignments
Mon. Jan. 12
9 am
DUE: Political Biography
Thu. Feb. 12
6:30 p.m.
Work session on wetland and lake buffers
ACC Planning Department Auditorium
120 W. Dougherty St., Athens

Please note: The course syllabus is a general plan for the course; deviations announced to the class by the instructors may be necessary.

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Faculty / Staff / Client Contact Information

Laurie Fowler lfowler@uga.edu 706-202-9949
Katie Sheehan katiesheehan80@gmail.com  
Beth Gavrilles bethgav@uga.edu  

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Class listserv: envpracticum-L@listserv.uga.edu

Email Phone Available before/after class



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Individual "Memo" Assignments


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Group Projects


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