1210. Frontiers of Biomedical Engineering
The course covers basic concepts of biomedical engineering and their connection with the spectrum of human activity. It serves as an introduction to the fundamental science and engineering on which biomedical engineering is based. Case studies of drugs and medical products illustrate the product development-product testing cycle, patent protection, and FDA approval. It is designed for science and non-science majors.
(Prof. W. Mark Saltzman, Yale University: Open Yale)
3510. BioEngineering-Structural Aspects of Biomaterials
This course covers the mechanical and structural aspects of biological tissues and their replacements. Tissue structure and mechanical function are addressed. Natural and synthetic load-bearing biomaterials for clinical and medical applications are reviewed. Biocompatibility of biomaterials and host response to structural implants are also examined. (Includes a full set of video lectures.)
(Prof. Lisa Pruitt, University of California, Berkeley: Webcast.Berkeley)
4110. Global Climate Change
This course introduces scientific, economic, and ecological issues underlying the threat of global climate change, and the institutions engaged in negotiating an international response. It also develops an integrated approach to analysis of climate change processes, and assessment of proposed policy measures, drawing on research and model development within the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change.
(Prof. Henry Jacoby, Prof. Ronald Prinn, Prof. Mort Webster, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare)
4210. Environmental Law and Policy
This introductory course is designed to explore fundamental legal and policy issues in environmental law. Through examination of environmental common law and key federal environmental statutes, including the National Environmental Policy Act, Clean Air Act, and Clean Water Act, it exposes students to the major challenges to environmental law and the principal approaches to meeting those challenges, including litigation, command and control regulation, technology forcing, market incentives, and information disclosure requirements. With the addition of cross-cutting topics such as risk assessment and environmental federalism, it also gives students a grounding in how choices about regulatory standards and levels of regulatory authority are made.
(Prof. Holly Doremus, University of California, Berkeley: Webcast.Berkeley)
4310. International Environmental Law
This is a course on the role of law in the management of international environmental problems. It starts with a brief introduction to public international law as it relates to the environment. A range of environmental issues, legal sources, and institutions will then be covered. The course will include consideration of international environmental treaties, the role of the International Court of Justice in identifying and establishing international environmental law, international regulation of private conduct that affects the environment, trade and the environment, international financial institutions, human rights and the environment, and the relationship between domestic and international law. (Videos of lectures are available for this course.)
(Prof. Cymie Payne, University of California, Berkeley: Webcast.Berkeley)
4410. Climate Change: Law and Policy
Climate change will be a core concern that will influence policy and economic activity for years to come. It raises classic issues of distributional justice, law and science, risk, uncertainty and precaution, litigation strategy, technology policy, and international relations. Students will leave this course with an understanding of the sources and impacts of climate change, the key state, national and international policies, and the role of law.
(Prof. Cymie Payne, Prof. Daniel Farber, University of California, Berkeley: Webcast.Berkeley)
9000. Interdisciplinary Seminars
A collection of interesting seminars, presentations and lectures from various institutions in interdisciplinary fields.