Experimental Design and Statistics for Applied Sustainability Science (CSP 241/241L)
Winter 2021 Time To Be Arranged – Remote
Focuses on problems and designs in environment monitoring, mitigation, ecology and population biology. Topics include basic experimental design; exploratory data analysis—from a graphical perspective; hands-on statistics; and graphical theory.
Faculty: Peter Raimondi & Roxanne Beltran
Policy Analysis (CSP 242)
Winter 2021 Tues 4:00-7:00 PM – Remote
This course will introduce students to basic methods of applied policy analysis, drawing mostly on public policy and planning. Students will apply their analytic methods to real-world questions and decision-making arising in the coastal context. Policy analysis will be broken down into various steps, including problem definition, evidence-building, selection of alternatives, decision-making criteria and policy evaluation tools.
Faculty: Brent Haddad
Coastal Governance (CSP 243)
Winter 2021 Thur 4:00-7:00 PM – Remote
This course is designed to equip students with major theories of ocean and coastal governance, with particular emphasis on those that underlie current policy and management approaches. Students will engage with and analyze local, state, national, and international laws and policies, considering interactions across scales, levels of social organization, and institutions. Students will gain critical skills in assessing the underlying assumptions of particular governance approaches, and weighing strengths and weaknesses of particular coastal contexts and challenges.
Faculty: Mike Orbach
CSP Year 1 Capstone Planning & Design Winter (CSP 231B)
Winter 2021 F 3:00-5:00 PM – Remote
Picks up where the fall capstone planning seminar ended. Students continue designing capstone project for pursuing a scalable solution to a complex and pressing coastal sustainability problem. Winter focus is learning and applying strategies and methods to: (a) co-create a capstone project with a non-academic partner in the government, non-governmental or private sector; and (b) develop and submit successful funding proposals for the project. Methods learned apply broadly to collaborative, solutions-oriented work that may be pursued after graduation.
Faculty: Anne Kapuscinski
Adaptation and Planning (CSP 244)
Spring 2021 T/Th 9-10:30 Coastal Campus
This course will build upon the interdisciplinary and skills-based coursework of the preceding two quarters. It will provide students with an opportunity to perform an integrated assessment of a sustainability challenge related to a coastal issue. Students will work as small teams to assess the social-ecological dimensions for a variety of adaptation strategies. This is meant to be a capstone course that allows students to integrate coursework in an experiential, solutions-based course.
Faculty: Anne Kapuscinski
Facilitating Change: Leadership and Communication (CSP 245)
Spring 2021 T/Th Time To Be Determined Coastal Biology Building
A skills-based course in effective leadership and communication, including stakeholder engagement, facilitation, conflict resolution, team building, and introduction to project management. Communication training includes identifying audiences and objectives (public, philanthropy, policymakers, managers, scientist practitioners) and leveraging non-traditional communication platforms.
Faculty: Kristy Kroeker
Students will work with their faculty advisor and CSP to select a relevant course.
CSP Electives include:
Hacking4Oceans (CSP 281A)
One-quarter graduate-level class in which multidisciplinary student teams of four address problem or challenges provided by real-world sponsors or identified by student groups. Teams learn how to apply the Lean Launchpad and Lean Startup methodologies to discover and validate customer needs and to continually build prototypes to test whether they understood the problem and solution. Weekly assignments involve working outside of class on steps or skills in the design process and then sharing it for peer-review in class. Involves reading and a substantial assignment each week before the next week’s session on that topic. Course is held concurrently with an undergraduate course. Graduate students are required to submit an additional culminating report such as a funding proposal to support next steps in their team’s solution, a critical analysis of the Lean Design Method, or a policy analysis regarding scalable adoption of the solution. Enrollment is by instructor consent. Application and interview in winter quarter for spring quarter course is required.
Faculty: Anne Kapuscinski
Independent Study in Coastal Science and Policy (CSP 297)
Independent study and research under faculty supervision. The student, guided by a faculty member, pursues in-depth learning about a specific coastal science and policy problem, opportunity or solution. Students submit petition to CSP program and faculty member.
Faculty: Varies (By permission only)
Special Topics in Coastal Science and Policy (CSP 292)-Not offered in 2020-2021
Seminar in which students present, discuss, and gain feedback on a current special topic in the interdisciplinary arena of coastal science and policy. The special topic can involve identification of current problems, relevant research and practice, and/or design of solutions in coastal science and policy. Course offered intermittently.
Faculty: Varies (By permission only)
All students will be required to participate in an intensive summer placement or begin their year-long capstone project at the end of their first year. This summer placement will consist of placement in a practitioner agency, NGO, or industry to provide students with practical awareness in the conservation and sustainability science and policy fields (students will work with the program to explore potential practitioner partners for their placement and capstone). Students will receive first-hand immersion in the processes involved in implementing interdisciplinary knowledge and innovations as components of solutions to the complex challenge of domestic or international coastal sustainability.
Summer Placement work and projects will be required to include:
- A real concern of the institutional partner
- Research, solutions development, and implementation
- Strong interdisciplinary elements
A faculty advisor will oversee the summer placement. It is the intention that, in collaboration with institutional partners and CSP advisors, students’ capstone projects will emerge from this summer placement experience.
After students complete the first year of the program, they either begin a summer placement or launch their capstone project with a practitioner partner. Students work with the practitioner, their capstone advisor and the program to develop their individual capstone project relevant to coastal sustainability as part of CSP 290 A, B, C. The capstone project is intended to be tailored for and address a direct need of an institutional practitioner partner organization. The project will be developed in collaboration with the practitioner partner, the student’s academic advisor, and the program. Aspects of the capstone will also be explored via the first year summer placement.
During this second year, students will also participate in a weekly seminar course (CSP 291) in person or remotely. The course is designed for students to share their progress and challenges with CSP faculty and their cohort. The course will also incorporate workshops for further professional development.
Capstone project results will be presented to the practitioner and program during a final seminar at the conclusion of the second year and written as a project report. Interim deliverables of student capstones may include a range of products such as databases, assessment write ups, white papers, blogs, project reports, or peer-reviewed academic paper submitted for publication. Final projects will be jointly evaluated by a committee comprised of the CSP Director and two two core or affiliated program faculty.
Throughout the program, students gain additional knowledge and skills through a range of workshops, seminars, and brown bag discussions.
Types of engagements our students participate in include:
- Seminars from UC Santa Cruz-based faculty and researchers including core and affiliate faculty and Institute of Marine Science Researchers (topics including coastal adaptation and resilience, nature-based solutions to sea-level rise, environmental justice and equity, and climate justice)
- Leadership training with Kevin Buck, Emergent Success Inc.
- Designing for Impact with Kevin Starr, Managing Director, Mulago Foundation
- Science Communication with Ben Landis, Founder, Creative Externalities
- Supporting real-world planning and adaptation with Tiffany Wise-West, Sustainability & Climate Action Manager for the City of Santa Cruz
- Seminars examples:
- Don’t let a Big Disaster Go to Waste: Lessons and Opportunities for Environmental Scientists with Dr. Kim Waddell, Director of the Virgin Islands Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (VI-EPSCoR) at the University of the Virgin Islands
- Applications of InVest with Dr. Becky Chaplin-Kramer, Natural Capital Project, and Dr. Heather Tallis, The Nature Conservancy
- Seminar on Foundation Engagement in the Marine Sector with Dr. Denny Takahashi-Kelso, Director of Marine Conservation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
- Marine Plastic Pollution: Sources, Impacts, and Solutions with Dr. George Leonard, Chief Scientist, Ocean Conservancy
- Coastal Policy and Decision-making with John Laird