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Our interactions with the natural world are increasingly mediated through changes in technology. Technologies create risks, generate solutions, reshape the environment, and alter our perception of the boundaries between nature and artifice. This course draws on major theories of technology and...
Research Areas: Social Sciences
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
The seminar will provide a historical perspective on the development of the Chinese, Indian and African economies with emphasis on their energy sectors, including analysis of related environmental problems. Low-carbon energy options will be introduced, including opportunities for nuclear, wind,...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy, Climate, Energy
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
This seminar examines the world’s systems for the production and distribution of food as they relate to the earth’s physical, chemical, and biological systems.  Using scientific readings, papers about economics and politics, and cases about firms, we consider agriculture and food from scientific,...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy, Ecology and Biodiversity, Food, Agriculture and Nutrition
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
This seminar introduces students to the major contributions of the field of science and technology studies (STS) to the understanding of politics and policymaking in democratic societies.Note: Offered jointly with the Kennedy School as IGA-513. Interested undergraduates should send an email to...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy, Social Sciences
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
Research Areas: Energy
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring, Fall
Career Focus The world faces challenges including rapid urbanization, increasing pressure on the environment and on basic resources, and the growing difficulty governments face in managing the confluence of these trends. This class will appeal to students who would like to explore tools and...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design, Business, Law and Policy, Social Sciences
School: Harvard Business School
Season: Spring
Growing income inequality, poor or declining educational systems, unequal access to affordable health care and the fear of continuing economic distress are putting stress on political systems worldwide and challenging the credibility of business. At the same time rates of environmental degradation...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy, Climate, Social Sciences
School: Harvard Business School
Season: Spring
Why do some human beings step forward to defend the non-human? It has been unusual, in human history, to express concern for the non-human parts of nature; to do something politically relevant with that concern is rarer still. In this class, we will examine the history of why and how people have...
Research Areas: Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
An introduction to the biology of mammals. Lectures and laboratories examine the morphology, systematics, natural history, behavior, ecology, evolutionary relationships, and biogeography of all major taxa.Notes: Likely offered Fall 2019. Freshman only admitted under exceptional circumstances. Lab...
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
An intensive seminar that aims to improve each student’s ability to discover and reason about evidence through the medium of essays. Each section focuses on a particular theme or topic, described on the Expos Website. All sections give students practice in formulating questions, analyzing both...
Research Areas: Arts and Humanities
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring, Fall
The module will examine the evolution of multilateral attempts to address climate change. The primary focus will be on mitigation (i.e., emissions reduction), but we will consider policy for adaptation, climate finance, and geoengineering, as well. The module will incorporate research and analysis...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy, Climate
School: Harvard Kennedy School
Season: Spring
This course provides an introduction to the global hydrologic cycle and relevant terrestrial and atmospheric processes. It covers the concepts of water and energy balance; atmospheric radiation, composition and circulation; precipitation formation; evaporation; vegetation transpiration;...
Research Areas: Climate, Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Season: Fall
Atmospheric radiative transfer, including stellar properties, spectroscopy, gray and real gas calculations, Mie theory and scattering, satellite retrievals, and radiative-convective climate modelling. Climate feedbacks: the runaway greenhouse, volatile cycles on Mars and Titan, and atmospheric...
Research Areas: Climate
School: Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Season: Spring
Climate change is one of the most difficult problems facing humanity. A small sample of questions to be asked and answers attempted in this seminar includes the following. How do we analyze and decide what to “do” about climate change? What are the basic “models” combining economics with climate...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy, Climate
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
In the US, energy use creates large political and social tensions and  much emphasis is placed on climate change.  In China, health issues surrounding energy use are emerging as a critical issue. Importantly, there are many areas where the role of energy is often overlooked.  A large fraction of...
Research Areas: Energy
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
This seminar will explore a series of issues at the intersection of behavioral economics and public policy. Potential questions will involve climate change; energy efficiency; health care; and basic rights. There will be some discussion of paternalism and the implications of neuroscience as well....
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy, Energy
School: Harvard Kennedy School
Season: Spring
This seminar will explore a series of issues at the intersection of behavioral economics and public policy. Potential questions will involve climate change; energy efficiency; health care; and basic rights. There will be some discussion of paternalism and the implications of neuroscience as well....
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy, Energy
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
This course will showcase how novel technologies have allowed fascinating new insights into key aspects of our environment. The development of novel instrumentation, driven by technological advances, is revolutionizing the environmental sciences. The new instruments are transforming observations in...
Research Areas: Energy
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Season: Spring
This course focuses on rationales for and methods of government interventions in private markets. We cover various rationales, such as environmental externalities, fiscal externalities, and asymmetric information. And, we focus on various methods of intervention, such as taxes, regulation, direct...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
It is well-known and oft-repeated in environmental health circles that we spend 90% of time indoors. Because this constitutes the vast majority of our exposure time, and concentrations of many indoor pollutants are actually higher indoors than outdoors, it follows logically that indoor environments...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design, Human Health
School: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Season: Spring
This course introduces contemporary theories of landscape as a medium of urbanism and product of urbanization. The course surveys sites and subjects, texts and topics describing landscape’s embeddedness in processes of urbanization as well as economic transformations informing the shape of the city...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design
School: Graduate School of Design
Season: Fall
This introductory course surveys the historical foundations, economic logics and underlying physics that underscore the design, development and operations of sustainable buildings. The recurring theme of people, place and profit is redefined within the context of user demand, asset management, site...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design
School: Graduate School of Design
Season: Fall
“We shape our buildings, and afterwards, our buildings shape us.” ~ Winston Churchill The built environment has profound effects on both our daily lives and the human condition at large. It determines where and how we live, work, play, and dream. The built environment embodies concrete stances on a...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design, Business, Law and Policy
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
Climate change, urbanization, and conflict mean that global disasters are on the rise.  How should the world respond when disasters force people from their homes?  How can we better help the world’s refugees?  This course examines the past, present, and future of the international humanitarian...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy, Climate, Social Sciences
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
This course aims to place current and anticipated changes in climate into the context of past events in Earth's history.  Current variations in temperature, precipitation, and sea level are examined in the context of events such as the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum, greening of the Sahara, and...
Research Areas: Climate
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
Rapid human population growth and even more rapid growth in consumption are driving a transformation of most of Earth’s natural systems including its climate system, its oceans, land cover, biogeochemical cycles, biodiversity, and coastal and fresh water systems. These systems underpin global food...
Research Areas: Climate, Human Health
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
What’s the optimal way to curb carbon emissions? Should we price fossil or subsidize low-carbon energy? What’s the role of solar geoengineering? What should it be? What will it be? The course has two goals: to provide a set of tools to approach these and many other fundamental  climate policy ...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy, Climate
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
This section gives new History concentrators an introduction to environmental history. Most historians leave the natural world out of the story, but environmental historians regard nature as the inescapable context for human history, including the human impact on nature. We will explore how the...
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
This course examines the historical, social, and political life of nature in its many manifestations--as a source of life and livelihood, as a resource for exploitation, as a heritage to be protected, and as a post-industrial hybrid--in order to understand the variety of human interactions with the...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy, Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
This course provides extensive background on the history of ecotourism, its role in the development of local economies, its connection to the global tourism trade, its role in the conservation of natural resources, and its context in key case study regions including Central America, Southern Africa...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design, Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Fall
Zero energy buildings, also known as net zero energy buildings are buildings (or a community of buildings) which produce with on-site renewables the same amount of energy as they consume, on an annual basis. Typically, a zero energy building consists of a highly-efficient building with rooftop, or...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design, Energy
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Spring
Today, economic growth is primarily contingent on increased resource consumption. In this linear economic approach, organizations harvest or extract materials, use them to create products, and then sell those products to consumers who generally incinerate or send to landfill the materials that no...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Spring
This course focuses on the role of land conservation in advancing sustainability. It details the extraordinary growth and success of public and private land conservation in the United States. We delve into the origins of land conservation and its development in the context of the broader...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy, Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Fall
Capitalism organizes society around individual pursuits of material gain. Capitalism seems to have won the great ideological struggle with other ways of organizing society. But there is much discontent: the Occupy Movement made clear that even Americans now care about excessive inequality, and many...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
Lobbying is often called the 4th branch of government since this multi-billion dollar industry significantly impacts policymaking. This intensive course provides the opportunity to understand the fundamentals of lobbying while learning firsthand about the lobbying efforts of energy and...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy, Climate, Energy
School: Harvard Kennedy School
Season: Spring
This course has a limited number of seats to be filled by students from multiple disciplines (law, business, engineering, design, public policy, and public health). Interdisciplinary student teams will design projects for reducing the use of fossil fuels in the U.S. and reducing emissions of potent...
Research Areas: Climate
School: Harvard Law School
Season: Spring

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