Graduate Courses

Fall 2016

Aerosol Chemistry and Physics

This course focuses on ground-based and satellite observations of aerosol particles and their impacts on climate through modeling studies. Course material includes satellite and ground-based measurements of aerosol particles, mathematical formulation of transport, and numerical models of aerosol distribution. It studies how aerosols impact climate change through direct and indirect effects including cloud-aerosol interactions.

Instructors: Mark Andrew Zondlo
Africa's Food and Conservation Challenge

This course will explore the economic, environmental, and social challenges of meeting growing food needs in sub-Saharan Africa. The region today has the lowest crop yields, the highest percentage of hungry people, and the highest population growth rates, and relies heavily on firewood for energy. The region also has vast areas of environmentally valuable forests and savannas. It has technical opportunities to produce crops better but faces challenges from high rainfall variability and climate change. The course will balance instruction, guest lectures and presentations by student teams, which will also produce a final paper.

Instructors: Lyndon Despard Estes, Timothy D. Searchinger
Behavioral Economics
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Instructors: Johannes Andreas Haushofer
Climate: Past, Present, and Future

An introduction to the processes that control Earth's climate; an overview of past climates from the distant past to the period of human history; and an investigation of ongoing climate changes and those predicted for the future, including the capacity of human activities to alter climate and the impacts of climate change on environment and society. Intended to be accessible to students not concentrating in science or engineering.

Instructors: Daniel Mikhail Sigman
Computational Social Science (Half-Term)

This half-semester seminar introduces students to compuational social science. Topics include experiments, digital traces data, crowdsourcing, and ethics. Techniques and approaches are illustrated with examples from the literature. No previous knowledge of computer programming is required, and graduate students from other disciplines are welcome.

Instructors: Matthew J. Salganik
Disease Ecology, Economics, and Policy

The dynamics of the emergence and spread of disease arise from a complex interplay between disease ecology, economics, and human behavior. Lectures will provide an introduction to complementarities between economic and epidemiological approaches to understanding the emergence, spread, and control of infectious diseases. The course will cover topics such as drug-resistance in bacterial and parasitic infections, individual incentives to vaccinate, the role of information in the transmission of infectious diseases, and the evolution of social norms in healthcare practices.

Instructors: Bryan T. Grenfell
Earth's Atmosphere

This course discusses the processes that control Earth's climate - and as such the habitability of Earth - with a focus on the atmosphere and the global hydrological cycle. The course balances overview lectures (also covering topics that have high media coverage like the 'Ozone hole' and 'Global warming', and the impact of volcanoes on climate) with selected in-depth analyses. The lectures are complemented with homework based on real data, demonstrating basic data analysis techniques employed in climate sciences.

Instructors: Stephan Andreas Fueglistaler
Ecosystems and Global Change

An introduction to the study of how humans are affecting complex ecological systems at local to global scales. Students will examine nutrient cycling, energy flow, and evolutionary processes, with emphasis on experimental approaches and comparisons between terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems. Particular attention will be on human influences-climate change, biofuels, biodiversity loss, eutrophication, and acid rain. Lectures cover theoretical elements and examples from the primary literature. The laboratory is organized around local ecosystems in which students conduct independent group research projects.

Instructors: Lars O. Hedin
Engineering in the Modern World

Lectures and readings focus on bridges, railroads, power plants, steamboats, telegraph, highways, automobiles, aircraft, computers, and the microchip. Historical analysis provides a basis for studying societal impact by focusing on scientific, political, ethical, and aesthetic aspects in the evolution of engineering over the past two and a half centuries. The precepts and the papers will focus historically on engineering ideas including the social and political issues raised by these innovations and how they were shaped by society as well as how they helped shape culture.

Instructors: Michael G. Littman
Engineering in the Modern World

Lectures and readings focus on bridges, railroads, power plants, steamboats, telegraph, highways, automobiles, aircraft, computers, and the microchip. We study some of the most important engineering innovations since the Industrial Revolution. The laboratory centers on technical analysis that is the foundation for design of these major innovations. The experiments are modeled after those carried out by the innovators themselves, whose ideas are explored in the light of the social environment within which they worked.

Instructors: Michael G. Littman
Environmental and Social Crisis

In recent years, global public discourse has stressed the urgency of unfolding environmental crisis. The course will start with the premise that a "crisis" marks a moment when a previous set of relations is markedly upset, and when state institutions aim to manage instability and consolidate power. Our entry point will be apocalyptic texts, which are reflections and exaggerations of existing realities. We will ask: What is crisis? Is crisis actually the norm? Then we'll focus on environmental justice, examining how environmentalism intersects with race and class. Third, we will examine capitalist crisis and its articulation with war.

Environmental Fluid Mechanics

The course starts by introducing the conservation principles and related concepts used to describe fluids and their behavior. Mass conservation is addressed first, with a focus on its application to pollutant transport problems in environmental media. Momentum conservation, including the effects of buoyancy and earth's rotation, is then presented. Fundamentals of heat transfer are then combined with the first law of thermodynamics to understand the coupling between heat and momentum transport. We then proceed to apply these laws to study air and water flows in various environmental systems, with a focus on the atmospheric boundary layer.

Instructors: Elie R. Bou-Zeid
Extramural Public Policy Fellowship
This course is limited to students participating in the Scholars in the Nation's Service Initiative (SINSI), the Richard H. Ullman Fellowship, or an approved MPA middle year out. Enrolled students participate in one or more internships with a federal, state, or local government agency, non-governmental organization, or multilateral institution in the U.S. or overseas. The purpose is to provide a learning environment for students to use/develop quantitative and qualitative analytical skills in an active public policy setting, with oversight from Princeton University faculty and staff.
Instructors: Frederick D. Barton
Global Environmental Issues

This course examines a set of global environmental issues including population growth, ozone layer depletion, climate change, air pollution, the environmental consequences of energy supply and demand decisions and sustainable development. It provides an overview of the scientific basis for these problems and examines past, present and possible future policy responses. Individual projects, presentations, and problem sets are included.

Instructors: Denise Leonore Mauzerall
Introduction to Environmental Engineering

The course introduces the basic chemical and physical processes of relevance in environmental engineering. Mass and energy balance and transport concepts are introduced and the chemical principles governing reaction kinetics and phase partitioning are presented. We then turn our focus to the applications in environmental engineering problems related to water and air pollution.

Instructors: Ian Charles Bourg
Introduction to Water Pollution Technology

An introduction to the science of water quality management and pollution control in natural systems; fundamentals of biological and chemical transformations in natural waters; indentification of sources of pollution; water and wastewater treatment methods; fundamentals of water quality modeling.

Instructors: Peter R. Jaffé
Investigating an Ethos of Sustainability at Princeton

Achieving sustained human and environmental health is a global priority given increasingly disruptive economic, social and environmental conditions. Evidence suggests that humanity is capable of producing sustainable technological and social solutions, but must do so between now and mid-century. This course explores social/ethical dimensions of the sustainability challenge through an evaluation of related ethics and psychology of social norms literature, and includes an exercise in proposing evidence-based solutions toward cultivating an ethos of sustainability on the Princeton campus as a demonstration-scale system.

Instructors: Shana S. Weber
Mainstreaming Pro-environmental Behavior: A Primer
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Instructors: Stanley Nider Katz
Special Topics in Environmental Engineering and Water Resources: Modeling of Geochemical Kinetics and Reaactive Transport

This course focuses on mathematical modeling of geochemical reactions, including aqueous phase and water-mineral reactions. We examine how the rates of reactions and fluid flow are interrelated and how to write numerical models that couple these processes. We start with reaction path modeling, and then move to reactive transport modeling. Relevant systems include 1D flow in porous media, 2D pore-network flow, and flow in fractures. Applications are drawn from a variety of problems relevant to environmental engineering and geosciences.

Instructors: Catherine Anne Peters
Special Topics in Environmental Engineering and Water Resources: Stochastic Hydrology

Use of probability and statistics for hydrologic mideling and analysis. This methods- based course includes: probability models, including the L- Moment parameter estimation method; estimating bivariate distributions using copulas, time series analysis, spatial data analysis using kriging, as well as principle components ( empirical orthogonal functions, EOF), Monte Carlo simulation and hydrologic forecasting. The course involves readings from the stochastic hydrology literature and hands on computer analysis and simulation.

Instructors: Eric F. Wood
Structural Change in Public Education
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Instructors: Cecilia Elena Rouse
Survey of Population Problems

Survey of past and current trends in the growth of the population of the world and of selected regions. Analysis of the components of growth and their determinants. The social and economic consequences of population change.

Instructors: Noreen Goldman
The Military and Society in the United States
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Instructors: Miguel Angel Centeno
Topics in Domestic Policy Analysis: Implementing Urban Economic Development

In this course, we analyze examples of development strategies in the United States, Europe and Asia, at the urban and regional levels, with a focus on the practical role of city government leaders and strategists, and how to make their role more effective. This course is taught primarily through case studies. Most of the classes focus on economic development, but we also spend some time discussing related issues (such as sustainability and income inequality).

Instructors: Steven Strauss
Topics in Economics: Energy Economics

Examines the economics behind many issues related to energy use, including the investment and use of renewable and non-renewable resources, energy conservation, deregulation of energy markets, transportation, and energy independence. Current policy options will be discussed.

Instructors: Amy B. Craft
Topics in International Relations: Human Rights
This course looks at human rights as a public policy issue. It considers debates over the definition of human rights; the possibilities and limits of humanitarian intervention; the ability of human rights activists and international actors to undermine dictatorial governments; and the impact of the laws of war. We will consider historical and contemporary cases around the world, including the Armenian genocide, the Holocaust, Bosnia, China, and more.
Instructors: Gary Jonathan Bass
Topics in Policy Analysis (Half-Term): America 2050: Building Democracy for a Nation with No Racial
Within the next three decades, the US will cease to have a racial majority. Some see this as cause for political optimism: finally every major racial or ethnic group will have to get along with at least one other demographically in order to succeed democratically. Others see this as a source of great angst. This half-term course reviews America's demographic future, modern pro- and anti-immigration and voting rights proposals, historical precedents, and strategies for strengthening our nation as we become more diverse.
Instructors: Benjamin T. Jealous
Topics in Policy Analysis (Half-Term): Psychology and Public Policy for MPPs
A half-term course designed for MPP's to cover basic concepts and findings from psychology and their application in policy development. Topics include bounded rationality, group dynamics, conflict, judgment and decision making biases, behavioral economics, public opinion, social determinants of behavior, attitudes, and a psychological perspective on incentive structures, all of which have implications for the design of policies that affect individual citizens as well as for the functioning of organizations that determine policy.
Instructors: Eldar Shafir
Topics in Policy Analysis (Half-Term): Smart, Safe & Right: Evolving American Justice
This half-term course begins with an examination of the rise of mass incarceration and what we have learned from the polices associated with it. We then review evidenced-based alternative policies that are being promoted by liberal and conservative reformers alike. Finally, we examine the arguments for and against the two issues that tend to split liberal conservative criminal justice reformers: private prisons and the death penalty.
Instructors: Benjamin T. Jealous
Wind Engineering and Structural Dynamics

Students learn how to account for wind effects in structural design to ensure that the performance of structures subjected to the action of wind are adequate during their anticipated life from the standpoint of both structural safety and serviceability.Three linked topics are discussed:(1) the wind environment,(2) the relation between that environment and the forces it induces on the structure, and (3) the behavior of the structure under the action of these forces.

Instructors: Ning Lin
Writing the Environment through Creative Nonfiction

This workshop will expose participants to some of the most dynamic, adventurous environmental nonfiction writers while also giving students the opportunity to develop their own voices as environmental writers. We'll be looking at the environmental essay, the memoir, opinion writing, and investigative journalism. In the process we'll discuss the imaginative strategies deployed by leading environmental writers and seek to adapt some of those strategies in our own writing. Readings will engage urgent concerns of our time, like climate change, extinction, race, gender and the environment, and relations between humans and other life forms.

Instructors: Robert Nixon