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Biology for Policy: Fundamentals of Life Sciences for Environmental Governance
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Course Description

This course will offer a comprehensive, basic overview of fundamental concepts in biological sciences relevant for international environmental governance. It will include major contributions of key life sciences disciplines, including molecular and cell biology, biochemistry and physiology, genetics and evolution, zoology, botany, and ecology.

The course targets students with none (or minimal) background in Biology/ Life Sciences, but interested in understanding the origin and meaning of biological concepts widely employed in international environmental governance studies, particularly in biodiversity governance.

The main objectives of the course are: to provide students with functional, scientific concepts from life sciences disciplines leading to improve the clarity, accuracy, and effectiveness of policy-related work in the area of international environmental/biodiversity governance; to stimulate critical thinking regarding the interconnectedness between social sciences and life sciences concepts in international environmental/biodiversity governance, especially with regard to the limitations of using disciplinary-based concepts for addressing inherently multi-disciplinary issues.

*This class is optional for students with strong biology backgrounds. There will be an exam for students who wish to opt out of this course in September.

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