Cornell University Courses Relevant to Humphrey Fellows in Agriculture,
Natural Resources Management, Environmental Issues, Planning and Development
AIS 3330 Ways of Knowing: Indigenous and Local Ecological Knowledge
Fall. 3 credits. K.A. Kassam.
Based on indigenous and local ―ways of knowing,‖ this course: (1) presents a theoretical and humanistic framework from which to understand generation of ecological knowledge; (2) examines processes by which to engage indigenous and local knowledge of natural resources, the non-human environment, and human-environment interactions; and (3) reflects upon the relevance of this knowledge to climatic change, resource extraction, food sovereignty, and issues of sustainability and conservation.
AEM 4040 Advanced Agricultural Finance Seminar
Spring. 3 credits. C. Turvey.
Special program in agricultural finance, conducted with financial support from the Farm Credit System. Includes two days at Northeast Farm Credit offices, one week in Farm Credit Association offices, a one-day program on FSA financing during fall semester, a two- to four-day trip to financial institutions in New York City, and an actual farm consulting and credit analysis experience in the spring semester.
AEM 4050 Agricultural Finance
Spring. 4 credits. C. Turvey.
Discusses the principles and practices used in financing agricultural businesses, from the perspectives of the business owner and the lender. Topics include sources of capital, financing entry into agriculture, financial analysis of a business, capital management, financial statements, credit instruments, loan analysis, financial risk, and leasing. AEM 4180 Introduction to System Dynamics Modeling
Fall. 4 credits. C. Nicholson.
Introduction to concepts of system dynamics modeling, including the modeling process, fundamental modes of dynamic behavior and the stock-flow-feedback structures that generate them, system mapping tools and modeling human behavior. Emphasis on examples from agriculture, natural resource management and international development. Lab develops skills in the use of dynamic modeling software.
AEM 4190 Strategic Thinking
Spring. 3 credits. N. H. Chau.
The art of thinking strategically puts outdoing one’s adversary at the core of the decision-making process, while
anticipating that the adversary is doing exactly the same thing. Businesses make investment decisions and innovate products in anticipation of the reaction of their rivals; managers make pay contingent on peer performance, taking into account the reaction of their subordinates and superiors; national trade policies are formulated based on whether trading partners are committed to make credible concessions. This course introduces and explores the use of game theory to understand these interactions; students are expected to work with a balanced dose of both theory and relevant case studies. The objective of the course is to facilitate students’ ability to think strategically on firm level issues (e.g., pricing, advertising wars, product differentiation, and entry deterrence) and strategic policy interaction in international economic relations (e.g., trade wars, and the arms race).
AEM 4270 Agribusiness Strategy
Fall. 3 credits. B. Gloy.
Intended for students with an interest in agribusiness and designed to integrate previous course work and enhance problem identification and solving skills. Focuses on the evaluation, formulation, and implementation of strategy designed to create and sustain competitive advantage for agribusiness firms. Covers industry analysis, firm analysis, market analysis and selection, risk analysis, strategy development, organizational design and structure, and leadership for agribusiness firms. Designed as a capstone course for the agribusiness management specialization. AEM 4290 International Finance
Spring. 3 credits. D. T.-C. Ng.
Teaches students about issues in international financial management and international investment. The major issues discussed include exchange rate volatility, the benefit of international diversification, and the analysis of international capital budgeting decisions. Specific topics include the determination of the cost of capital for foreign investments, the determination and management of foreign exchange risks and country risks, and the use of innovative financing for the multinational corporation.
AEM 4300 International Trade Policy
Spring. 3 credits. N. H. Chau.
Examines the economic principles underlying international trade and monetary policy, and the policies, practices, and institutions that influence trade and foreign exchange markets. Also emphasizes applications to current topics in international trade policy, to trade in primary commodities, and to both developed and developing countries. AEM 4310 Agricultural and Food Policies
Spring. 3 credits. A. Novakovic.
Acquaints students with current and historically important U.S. policies related to agriculture and food, including subsidies and regulations related to markets, production, and the environment. Explores methods of policy analysis, and students learn to critique policies and write policy briefs.
AEM 4320 Public Private Sector Economics Linkages
Spring. 3 credits. C. K. Ranney.
The government agency and the individual business enterprise are two of the most powerful institutions in modern society. This course looks at the economic interfaces between government and business. The shifting and complicated relationships between them exert great influence on the changing performance of the economy and on the lives of citizens. These relationships range from cooperative to competitive, from friendly to hostile. It is an uneasy relationship, each side possessing basic powers and yet each having an important need for the other. In the United States, the result is a mixed economy in which the public and the private sectors interact in many ways. Government exercises a variety of important powers in dealing with the individual private enterprise, ranging from taxation to regulation. Business, in turn, relies on constitutional protections as well as on public support of its basic role in creating income, employment, and material standards of living. In a dynamic and increasingly globalized economy, the business-government relationship is constantly changing and the line between public and private sectors frequently shifts. Future managers are constantly confronted with issues that relate to government-business interfaces.
AEM 4350 Political Economy of the WTO
Spring. 3 credits. H. deGorter.
The politics of the WTO and trade policy are explored. We examine what the WTO is, how it operates, how much power it really has, why it was created, incentives for governments to cooperate. How WTO rules affect domestic politics and foreign policy goals and how WTO rules and agreements are enforced. We also debate the effect of trade on growth and poverty.
AEM 4360 Entrepreneurial Leadership
Fall. 2 credits. D. Streeter.
Participants learn about concepts and practice skills important to becoming an entrepreneurial leader in startup or small business, corporate environment and/or the public sector. Set in a global context, issues related entrepreneurial leadership are covered: vision, opportunity identification, engagement of teams in resource-constrained situations, and tolerance for ambiguity and risk.
AEM 4370 Innovation Strategy
Spring. 3 credits. A. Leiponen.
Explores innovation and technological change. Studies how technological change affects economies and industries, and how innovation of new products, processes, and services takes place in firms. Group projects involve case studies of local high-tech startup companies.
AEM 4420 Emerging Markets
Fall. 3 credits. R. D. Christy.
This course provides a framework for examining the effectiveness of marketing strategies in economies in transition and identifying the challenges and opportunities for firms in low-income economies to access industrial markets. The risk of entering
markets in low-income economies is appraised and assessment of the political, legal, cultural, and economic forces is conducted.
Case studies of companies are analyzed and discussed.
AEM 4440 Managing for Market-Driven Growth
Fall. 3 credits. Staff.
A sound marketing strategy is essential for the long-term success of a firm. This requires an understanding of how customer needs evolve, how product-market boundaries shift, and how competitors are likely to react. The strategic roles of existing and new products need to be assessed, appropriate resource allocations made, and strategies developed to ensure sustained growth. The course is designed to provide opportunities to learn about the theoretical and applied perspectives of marketing strategy from readings, case analyses, and guest speakers.
AEM 4450 Food Policy for Developing Countries
Fall. 3 credits. P. Pinstrup-Anderson.
Comprehensive presentation and discussion of policy options for a sustainable global food system, with focus on developing countries. Topics include economic policy related to nutrition, health, consumption, production, natural
resource management, trade, markets, gender roles, armed conflict, and ethics. A social entrepreneurship approach based on case studies and active participation by students will be used.
AEM 4460 Food Marketing Colloquium
Fall. 1 credit. D. J. Perosio.
The seminar covers advanced topics in food marketing, many of which have an important international dimension and are presented by industry members. A field trip may be taken. Students participate in research topics on various aspects of the food industry.
AEM 4470 Retail Speaker Series
Spring. 1 credit. D. Perosio.
Seminars and guest lectures by faculty and guest lecturers engaged in the study and practice of retailing. This class provides a unique opportunity for successful industry leaders to share their experiences with Cornell students. Speakers share their view about successful management styles, possible career paths, critical industry-related issues, and qualities conducive to successful business leadership. Students have an unprecedented opportunity to learn and question how retail leaders view the current and future status of retailing, the largest sector in the U.S. economy. AEM 4480 Food Merchandising
Spring. 3 credits. D. J. Perosio.
Covers merchandising principles and practices as they apply to food industry situations. Examines the various elements of merchandising such as buying, pricing, advertising, promotion, display, store layout, profit planning and control, and merchandising strategy. Considers the consequences of food industry trends and initiatives for other industry members, public policymakers, and consumers.
AEM 4490 Global Marketing Strategy
Spring. 3 credits. Staff.
Examines opportunities and challenges in the rapidly changing global marketplace. Topics include the decision to serve a foreign market, alternative strategies for entry into foreign markets (such as exporting or establishing a local subsidiary), and issues in implementing those strategies. Includes case analysis and discussion. AEM 4500 Resource Economics
Fall. 3 credits. J. M. Conrad.
Constructs dynamic models of renewable, nonrenewable, and environmental resources to examine market allocation and optimal resource management.
AEM 4510 Environmental Economics
Spring. 3 credits. G. L. Poe.
This course explores the economic foundations for public decision making about environmental commodities and natural resources, using tools from intermediate microeconomics. Emphasis is placed on the welfare economic approach for allocating public goods, with specific emphasis on market failure, externalities, benefit-cost analysis, and the use of nonmarket valuation
techniques. Property rights/institutional perspectives and ecological economic concepts are also examined.
AEM 4540 China’s and India’s Growth Miracles
Fall. 2 or 3 credits. E. Prasad.
This is an advanced undergraduate course that will cover topics in international finance and open economy macroeconomics. The course will be organized around a detailed examination of the growth experiences of China and India, as a device for illustrating and delving into key analytical concepts.
AEM 4620 Technology and Financial Markets
Fall. 2 credits. V. Bogan.
The course focuses on issues involving technology and financial markets. It is designed to equip future finance professionals with the knowledge of key finance systems (Bloomberg) skills and technologies. The lectures and labs will teach students to apply their theoretical finance knowledge in real world situations for the purpose of optimizing their future job performance and increase their marketability. Lectures will explore topics on the effects of technology on financial markets. The lab component of the course will require students to complete the 30-hour, self-paced Bloomberg certification process. Instructor permission is required.
AEM 4640 Economics of Agricultural Development
Fall. 3 credits. R. D. Christy.
This course is designed to provide an understanding of the economics of the agricultural sector in low-income countries. In addition, more general issues of economic development beyond the agricultural sector are covered to provide the necessary context for an understanding of rural problems. Among the areas covered are the nature of development and technical change, welfare and income distribution, land reform, food and nutrition policy, food security and food aid, competition with more developed countries and international markets, the effect of U.S. policy on agricultural development, and the role of international
institutions. Examples from a wide variety of developing countries are used to illustrate the basis for economic analysis. AEM 6080 Production Economics
Fall. 3 credits. R. Boisvert.
Studies the theory of production economics with emphasis on applications to agriculture and natural resources. Topics include the derivation, estimation, and use of production, cost, profit, revenue, demand, and supply functions. Discusses the concepts of efficiency and productivity. Introduces production response over time and under risk. AEM 6120 Applied Econometrics
Fall. 1 credit. D. Just.
Designed for M.S. and Ph.D. students who do not meet the prerequisites for other graduate-level econometrics courses. Complements AEM 4110, providing greater depth of understanding of econometric methods and exposure to applied econometric literature. Focuses on preparing students to conduct their own applied economic research. AEM 6180 System Dynamics Applications
Spring. 4 credits. C. Nicholson.
This course provides more detailed discussion of SD concepts and further develops skills in system dynamics modeling through application to a project chosen by the student. Iterative writing assignments and peer review are used to refine problem statements, causal hypotheses, simulation models, model evaluation and policy analysis. Final project includes development and application of a simulation model.
AEM 6300 Policy Analysis: Welfare Theory, Agriculture, and Trade
Spring. 4 credits. H. de Gorter.
The first half of the course surveys the theory of welfare economics as a foundation for public policy analysis. Major issues addressed include the problem of social welfare measurement, the choice of welfare criteria, and the choice of market or nonmarket allocation. Basic concepts covered include measurement of welfare change, including the compensation principle, consumer and producer surplus, willingness-to-pay measures, externalities, and the general theory of second-best optima. The second half of the course focuses on public policy analysis as applied to domestic agricultural policy and international trade. The
domestic policy component examines major U.S. farm commodity programs and related food and macroeconomic policies and analyzes their effects on producers, consumers, and other groups. The international trade component examines the structure of world agricultural trade, analytical concepts of trade policy analysis, and the principal trade policies employed by countries in
AEM 6400 Analysis of Agricultural Markets
Fall. 3 credits. H. M. Kaiser.
Focuses on the unique features of agricultural commodity markets. Emphasizes government and private institutions that affect these markets, as well as on models of price behavior including marketing margins and imperfect competition. Also covers empirical tools to evaluate market characteristics.
AEM 6410 Commodity Futures Markets
Spring. 2 credits. W. G. Tomek.
Focuses on markets for agricultural futures contracts. Emphasizes models of price behavior on futures markets including relationships among cash and futures prices. These principles provide a foundation for a discussion of hedging, speculation, and public policy issues.
AEM 6420 Globalization, Food Security & Nutrition
Fall. 2 credits. P. Pinstrup-Anderson.
Directed readings course with a weekly 50-minute discussion session. The course is aimed at graduate students in nutrition, agricultural economics, and other relevant fields, who wish to explore how globalization may affect poverty, food security, and nutrition in developing countries and how national policies and international agreements and institutions may influence the outcome. The discussion sessions are based on assigned readings for each week. AEM 6510 Environmental and Resource Economics
Spring. 4 credits. G. L. Poe
Review of welfare economics, environmental externalities, and common property resources, and a survey of current environmental and natural resource policy. Covers techniques for measuring benefits and costs—including property
value and wage hedonic approaches, travel cost models, and contingent evaluation. Describes survey/data collection methods in detail. Explores innovative market mechanisms for resolving public good, common property, and externality problems. Students are required to complete a paper describing their own formal economic analysis of a natural resource or environmental problem.
AEM 6600 Agroecosystems, Economic Development, and the Environment
Spring. 3-4 credits. D. R. Lee.
This course examines selected topics in agricultural and economic development, technology assessment, ecosystem management and the environment, with a focus on developing countries. Topics covered include production, poverty, and environmental tradeoffs; sustainable technology development; trade and environment linkages; economics of conservation and development; and alternative methodologies for analyzing these interactions. Readings emphasize the economic literature, but also draw from the biophysical sciences, ecosystem management, and the broader social sciences. This course is open to graduate students outside of
AEM 6670 Topics in Economic Development
Spring. 3 credits. R. Kanbur.
Topics vary from year to year but may include poverty, inequality, intra-household allocation, structural adjustment, and debt. Examination is by term paper.
AEM 6900 Biofuels: The Economic and Environmental Interactions
Spring. 2 credits. P. G. Hess.
This course surveys the latest research on the science and economics of biofuels. Questions addressed include the environmental and economic impacts of biofuel use and whether the use of biofuels justifies public policy intervention. The class will consist of a colloquium, discussion with the colloquium speaker, and an in-class discussion section. AEM 7300 Seminar on International Trade Policy: Agriculture, Resources and Development
Spring. 3 credits. D. R. Lee.
Examines selected topics in the professional literature on international trade policy, focusing on agricultural trade and related topics, including trade liberalization, trade and environmental linkages, technological change and trade policy, and agricultural trade and development.
AEM 7510 Environmental Economics
Spring. 4 credits. G. L. Poe.
The objective of this course is to provide a graduate-level survey of the two prevailing contemporary themes in environmental economics: the measurement of the demand for environmental resources as input into benefit-cost analyses, and the design of incentive-based, cost-effective policy instruments to achieve environmental goals. Core topics include market failure, conceptual foundations for valuing changes in environmental quality, empirical applications of non-market valuation methods, and cost-effective market mechanism design for reducing pollution. Additional topics include information asymmetries and mechanism design for non-point source pollution, and international/global environmental issues.
AEM 7620 Microeconomics of International Development
Fall. 3 credits. C. B. Barrett.
This course focuses on models of individual, household, firm/farm, and market behavior in low- and middle-income developing economies. Topics covered include: agricultural land, labor and financial institutions, technology adoption, food security and nutrition, risk management, intra-household analysis, reciprocity networks, and product/factor markets analysis. Empirical investigation is emphasized.
AEM 7650 Development Microeconomics Graduate Research Seminar
Spring. 1–3 credits. C. B. Barrett.
Graduate students and the instructor present draft research proposals, papers, and preliminary thesis results for group review and discussion. Students who actively participate by offering written and oral comments on others’ work
receive 1 credit. Students who also present their own proposal or paper receive 2 credits. Presentations last 75 minutes and thus represent a substantial investment of time. Students who present a second proposal or paper receive 3 credits. AEM 7670 Financial Globalization
Spring. 4 credits. E. Prasad.
This course will provide a selective overview of topics at the cutting edge of academic research and policy debates about the international financial system. Main areas will include the effects of financial globalization on growth, volatility, and the transmission of business cycles. We will also examine the determinants of the direction and composition of capital flows, and analyze the implications of the rising prominence of hedge funds, sovereign wealth funds, and other institutional investors. This course is intended for advanced Ph.D. students, especially those in search of thesis topics, and will require extensive student involvement in preparing research proposals and critiques of existing literature.
ALS 4998 Politics and Policy: Theory, Research, and Practice (also AMST/PAM/GOVT 4998)
Spring. S. Jackson and staff.
This course, taught in Washington, D.C., forms the core of the public policy option of the Cornell in Washington program. The central objective is to provide students with the instruction and guidance necessary to analyze and evaluate their own chosen issue in public policy. Toward that end, the course has three components: (1) weekly lectures providing background on the structures and processes of national politics and policy as well as training in research methodology; (2) student externships; and (3) individual research papers or projects. All three components interrelate to provide students with a strategy and framework for integrating classroom-based learning, field experience, and individual research. Students apply through the Cornell in Washington office, M101 McGraw Hall, or online at ciw.cornell.edu.
ALS 6610–6611 Environmental Policy.
Fall, Spring. D. Pimentel.
Focuses on complex environmental issues. Ten to 12 students, representing several disciplines, investigate significant environmental problems. The research team spends two semesters preparing a scientific report for publication in Science or BioScience. Thus far, every study has been published.
ANSC 4000 Livestock in Tropical Farming Systems
Spring. 3 credits. R. W. Blake.
Comprises analyses of constraints on livestock production in developing countries of the tropics, economic objectives and risk, and methods of management. Emphasis is on strategic use of animal and plant resources, animal performance with inputs restricted, and decision making. Principles, field study, independent study projects and classroom interactions facilitate problem-solving to improve welfare of rural households.
ANSC 4110 Applied Cattle Nutrition
Fall. 4 credits. M. E. Van Amburgh.
Integrates concepts of cattle nutrition and farm nutritional management to help students understand and appreciate factors influencing the performance of cattle under diverse conditions. Topics covered include: the effect of
environment on maintenance costs; the nutrient requirements for various stages of growth, lactation, and pregnancy; rumen function, feed composition and chemistry, nutrient partitioning and the environmental impacts of cattle and how to minimize them. Computer models (Cornell Net Carbohydrate and Protein System) are used in the laboratory to actualize the information presented in lectures. Herd case studies are used in lab and there are field trips to farms to evaluate the nutritional management.
ANSC 4120 Whole-Farm Nutrient Management—Module I
Spring. 2 credits. Prerequisite: junior, senior, or graduate standing; ANSC 4110. Enrollment in Module 1 for first half of semester required (2 credits).Consists of crop and manure nutrient management planning; no prerequisites for CALS students. Enrollment in Module 2 for second half of semester is optional. Work on case studies outside lab. M. E. Van Amburgh and Q. M. Ketterings.
Provides students with an understanding of the concepts underlying whole-farm nutrient management planning to improve profitability while protecting water and air quality. Students learn and apply concepts in the development of a Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan (CNMP) that is required for a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation plan to meet environmental regulations. Students develop components of a CNMP for a case study farm, using the Cornell University Nutrient Management Planning System (cuNMPS) and other tools. All students enrolled learn the concepts and processes of developing the crop and manure nutrient management plan component of a CNMP during the first half of the semester in Module 1.
ANSC 4121 Whole-Farm Nutrient Management—Module 2
Spring. 2 credits. Prerequisite: enrollment in Module 1 (ANSC 4120) for first half of semester. M. E. Van Amburgh and Q. M. Ketterings.
Module 2 builds on crop and manure nutrient planning (Module 1) by integrating agronomic nutrient management planning with herd nutrient management planning. Develop knowledge and skills necessary to integrate crop production and herd feeding management for reducing nutrient imports on farms. Work on case studies outside lab. ANSC 6030 Mineral Nutrition: Metabolic, Health, and Environmental Aspects
Fall. 2 credits. X. G. Lei and C. C. McCormick.
Emphasizes metabolism, gene regulation, antioxidation, and genetic defects related to mineral nutrition. Team-taught lectures cover topics ranging from single gene mutation to social and environmental aspects of mineral nutrition and mineral-related disorders. Discusses effective approaches to improve global mineral nutrition by agriculture and food systems.
ANSC 6060 Ruminant Nutrition: Microbial Ecology and Forage Chemistry
Spring. 4 credits. P. Huhtanen.
Provides an overview of ruminant nutrition with an emphasis on microbial ecology, forage chemistry, and rumen function.
ASRC 4600 Politics and Social Change in the Caribbean
Fall. 4 credits. L. Edmondson.
A study of the historical, geostrategic, political, economic, and social (including racial and cultural) forces affecting the domestic
and international experiences of Caribbean societies. Special attention is given to conflicting definitions and perceptions of the
Caribbean; contending theories of Caribbean social structure and models of development; the continuing salience of struggles for
change and transformation; prospects of regional integration; and Caribbean challenges to the global system, especially with
regard to the region's relations with the United States and the region's position in the Third World in the context of the North-
ASRC 4602 Women and Gender Issues in Africa
Spring. 4 credits. N. Assié-Lumumba.
There are two contrasting views of the status and role of women in Africa. One view portrays African women as dominated and exploited by men. According to another view women have a favorable social position in Africa: indigenous ideologies consider women to be the foundation of society, they are economically active and independent and they have an identity independent of men. In this seminar we discuss the status and role of women in Africa historically as well as in the contemporary period. Among
the topics covered are: women in non-westernized/pre-colonial societies; the impact of colonial policies on the status of women;
gender and access to schooling, participation in the economy and politics; women and the law; women and health issues; gender issues in southern Africa; womanism and feminism; the United Nations Decade of Women; and the four World Conferences on Women (Mexico 1975, Copenhagen 1986, Nairobi 1985, and Beijing 1995).
ASRC 4603 Politics and Social Change in Southern Africa
Spring. 4 credits. L. Edmondson.
This course focuses on the legacies of apartheid and the challenges of transformation toward a post-apartheid society in South Africa. Topical emphases include: the rise and decline of apartheid; the historical continuity of Black resistance against racism;
women under, against, and after apartheid; South Africa's relations with its neighbors; geo-political, economic, and racial dimensions of the American connection; politics of negotia-tion and transition to majority rule; prospects for stability, democracy,
and equality; and South Africa's new role in the African continental and global arenas. Instructor's lectures are supplemented by
films and class discussions.
ASRC 6600 Education and Development in Africa
Spring. 4 credits. N. Assié-Lumumba.
Human capital theory establishes a positive and linear relationship between formal education and individual productivity and socioeconomic attainment and economic growth and development of nations. While enjoying considerable popularity in industrial and developing countries, including African countries, education has also been perceived as a hindrance to development. The concept of human capital and paradigms of development including modernization, dependency, and Third World Forum are first introduced. Specific issues discussed include schooling and nonformal education; the role of primary, secondary, and higher education in development; and language, access, output, and outcome based on social class, ethnicity, race, and gender. Employment, migration and international brain drain, the information and communication technologies, indigenous knowledge systems, and the role of higher education in regional and international cooperation are also examined.
ASRC 6510 Panafricanism and Feminism
Fall. 4 credits. C. Boyce Davies.
This course examines the particular theoretical intersections of panafricanism and feminism through a study of works which address the lives of activist women and men who lived political lives which demanded an articulation of this intersection. It will examine representative texts in each of these broad fields, paying particular attention to those works which explicitly address the intersection. Students will select and study the work of one thinker in either category and examine the written life from a few angles. In particular, we will address the conflicts, disjunctures, and slippages between these positions; the possibilities and limitations as expressed by these thinkers; and the issues of collaboration, erasure articulated. Students will also have the opportunity to identify and discuss popular culture which addresses these themes.
BEE 3710 Physical Hydrology for Ecosystems