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Spring classes!

Okay, now that each of my classes for the semester has met at least once, I can talk about them:

First, my only non-Monday class is the seminar that's a continuation of the seminar I took last term, which is specifically for people in my degree program. I think there are 13 of us this term -- everyone who was in it last semester plus a couple of people who are MPPs taking their time from previous years. This is going to be a great class with a lot of good discussion, and a lot of high level thinking about what it is to be in the field, how policies are made, enacted, evaluated, adapted, etc. If last term is any indication, we will always leave this class wishing we had more time.

Mondays start with Politics of Sustainable Cities, which is about half and half undergrads in political science and grad students from UEP, with a class size around 20. The professor is a polisci guy, and I've heard good things about him. I read some of his work in last term's Developing Sustainable Communities class, which was largely a class of theory and ideas. This course seems likely to be a more practical examination of similar issues, and I'm excited to see where it goes.

After that, I have Environmental Ethics, which is a tiny class of six people, one of whom is likely to drop it. This is going to make it, I think, both more fun and more challenging. It's also extremely varied: there's one certificate student, one employee, one MPP (me), two UEP MA students and one undergrad.

And, finally, Monday evenings, I have Economics for Policy and Planning, which is likely to be the most challenging-for-me class, because I suspect I'm going to have a hard time really wrapping my head around Economics-y thinking. Also, it's at the end of a long day, and it's almost 60 students in a huge room with a teacher who's never taught the course before and speaks too quietly. Fingers crossed. It's also likely to be among the most useful classes I take this term, so I hope I'm able to take advantage of that.
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