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Energy and Public Policy: A Course in Science and Government
  Location: HC 3029
  Date: Wednesday, Aug.3
  Time: 9:10 AM -9:20 AM
  Author: Walter Cuirle, U.S. House Page School
202-225-9023, walter.cuirle@mail.house.gov
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: "Energy and Public Policy" is a one-semester science elective offered by the Page School of the U.S. House of Representatives. The course is a form of project-oriented inquiry: working in small groups, students pick a problem in the area of energy or the environment that they think can be solved by legislation, then they write the legislation. The focus on legislation changes the character of the syllabus. Students want to learn the science they need to solve their problem and they prefer to learn it in the order in which questions arise in their legislative process. The course does not use a conventional textbook. Instead, students are given an electronic library of documents of the sort they might use if they actually worked for a House committee and were drafting legislation.
  Footnotes: None
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