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EP 602 Environmental Policy and Politics

Course Description:
Understanding the complex adaptive systems of environmental impairment and protection is an interdisciplinary effort that converges in the study of environmental policy. This course examines environmental policy (and politics) and it underlying ethical consideration with an emphasis on the American political system. Students will receive a board introduction to key concepts, actors, stakeholders, and issues related to environmental policymaking. Course material focuses on the role of government organizations – at the federal, state, and local level – institutional processes, and nongovernmental entities. Throughout the semester, we will address substantive environmental policy issues, such as water and air pollution, waste, biodiversity, land use, and climate change. At the conclusion of the semester, students should have an understanding of the historical, cultural, institutional, and ideological forces shaping environmental policy and regulations in the United States.
Course Rotation: Spring.


3 credits