The blog posts you’ll be doing for the course should run in the 250-500 word range (that is, 1-2 pages in a regular paper format), and don’t have to be hyperformal, but should have proper grammar and spelling. For all but the first blog, you will be choosing the topic you post on.
You have several choices of topics. You may blog on any of the readings for the course, providing reactions and responses. You may also locate topical materials in the news, online, in social media, or elsewhere, and comment upon and analyze them.
You’ll want to conceive of these blog posts as having several functions: 1) to briefly summarize or report on material of interest to you; 2) to demonstrate your ability to analyze some aspect of environmental policy from multiple perspectives; 3) to contextualize the material you are discussing in historical terms or in terms of its implications for future research or policy. Obviously, you do not need to accomplish all of these things with each blog–you’ll want to let the material dictate the direction you take.
You’ll earn up to 5 points per post, and, where appropriate, you will want to define key terms, provide a summary of the work you’re discussing, including the names and affiliations of any researchers, provide an opinion or reaction to the subject, raise questions that need to be answered or considered, and give a link to the source/s of information upon which you’ve based the blog.
Top scoring blog posts should include at least five of the following:
A link to the source
Data supporting an argument
Summary of the research/study/policy situation
Some historical context
Assessment of implications
And they should be written in a accessible language, possibly with visuals, and don’t need to be as formal as regular academic papers (humor is also okay).
Please post a blog on your interest in ecosystem science and policy and your career aims–even if nebulous. You may want to touch upon your prior exposure to the study of the environment and/or environmental policy, and discuss what you’d like to learn from this course.
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