HIST 371 The History of U.S. Environmental Politics

Last offered Spring 2014

Cross Listed as ENVI371
The politics surrounding the environment today are a super-heated source of conflict, at the same time that most opinion polls show that Americans widely embrace many environmental protections. While environmental concerns have long been a part of local politics in America, this course will largely explore the emergence and prominence of environmental issues in national politics from the first organized conservation efforts in the late nineteenth century to the present-day concerns with the global environment. Throughout the course, we will investigate both how changes in the environment have shaped American politics and how political decisions have altered the American, as well as the global environment, with particular attention to which groups of people have had, or have not had, access to political processes and institutions.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation, weekly critical writing, an analytical essay, and a final exam
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Prerequisites: none; open to all
Enrollment Preference: History, Environmental Policy, and Environmental Science majors or prospective majors if the course is over-enrolled
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science Electives,ENVP PE-A Group Electives,ENVP PTL-A Group Electives,ENVP SC-A Group Electives,HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada
Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 20
Class Number: 3729
HIST 371 LEC History of U.S. Envi Politics Division 2: Social Studies Karen R. Merrill
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