PSCI 317
Environmental Law Fall 2009
Division II
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We rely on environmental laws to make human communities healthier and protect the natural world, while allowing for sustainable economic growth. Yet, despite 40 years of increasingly varied and complex legislation, balancing human needs and environmental quality has never been harder than it is today.
Environmental Studies 307 analyzes the transformation of environmental law from fringe enterprise to fundamental feature of modern political, economic and social life. ENVI 307 also addresses the role of community activism in environmental law, from local battles over proposed industrial facilities to national campaigns for improved corporate citizenship.
By the completion of the semester, students will understand both the successes and failures of modern environmental law and how these laws are being reinvented, through innovations like pollution credit trading and “green product” certification, to confront globalization, climate change and other emerging threats.
The Class: Format: seminar, with guest lecturers
Limit: none
Expected: 15
Class#: 1742
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: student-selected midterm paper, final exam and several brief papers on individual readings
Prerequisites: Political Science 201 and Environmental Studies 101
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: AMST Space and Place Electives
ENVI Environmental Policy
LGST Interdepartmental Electives
MAST Interdepartmental Electives
SCST Elective Courses

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