Foundations of Common Pool Resource Management

Course description Foundations of Common Pool Resource Management
Year: 2015-2016
Catalog number: 8001GED04Y
Teacher(s):
  • D.J. Zetland
Language: English
Blackboard: Yes
EC: 5
Level: 100
Period: Semester 1, Block I
Hours of study: 35:00 hrs
  • No Elective choice
  • No Contractonderwijs
  • No Exchange
  • No Study Abroad
  • No Evening course
  • No A la Carte
  • No Honours Class

Tags

GED, PSc, ID, EES, S

Admissions requirements

None.

Description

Common pool resources (CPR) are shared among people who may not agree on how to manage them. Those disagreements underlie the many, harmful examples of CPR challenges that we face today, e.g., climate change, depletion of open-water fisheries, local air and water pollution, failures in public provision of education, health and/or transportation, and public and national security.

Students in this 100-level course will explore different management paradigms, successes and failures in managing CPRs using case studies, theoretical readings, experiments and in-class exercises. A major component of this class – the group project – will give students hands-on experience in understanding and addressing a CPR challenge.

Themes:
Sustainability, politics, individual and group behavior, incentives, institutions

Course objectives

After completing this class, students will:

  • Be able to explain CPR challenges in terms of causes, impacts and potential responses.
  • Have a demonstrated mastery of a real world CPR challenge.
  • Have extended experience in working within a group, organizing and delivering their appropriate share of the group project.

Timetable

Once available, timetables will be published here.

Mode of instruction

The course is taught through two-hour seminars. Students will be expected to participate in both large and small group discussions; present and defend their ideas within an academic setting; and take part in group projects. The instructor will facilitate and ensure the efficient running of the discussion, but students are responsible for its quality. Required reading must be read in advance of class.

Assessment

Class participation: 15%
Homework, quizzes and/or reading assignments: 35%
Individual contribution to group presentation: 20%
Individual contribution to Group report: 30%

NB: Group projects are an important part of this class. Individual grades on group work will be assessed by the instructor.
NB: Plagiarism software will be used to assess written assignments.

Blackboard

There will be a Blackboard site available for this course. Students will be enrolled at least one week before the start of classes.

Reading list

Ostrom, Gardner and Walker (1994). Rules, Games, and Common-Pool Resources. Ann Arbor Books

Registration

This course is open to LUC students and LUC exchange students. Registration is coordinated by the Curriculum Coordinator. Interested non-LUC students should contact course.administration@luc.leidenuniv.nl.

Contact

David Zetland (d.j.zetland@luc.leidenuniv.nl)
Leiden University College, Room 4.37
Faculteit Campus Den Haag

Remarks

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