ENVI 307 Fall 2012 Environmental Law

Cross Listed as PSCI317
We rely on environmental laws to make human communities healthier and to 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.
Class Format: seminar, with guest lecturers
Requirements/Evaluation: student-selected midterm paper, final exam and several brief papers on individual readings
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Prerequisites: Environmental Studies 101 or permission of instructor
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Department Notes: required course for students wishing to complete the major in Environmental Policy; satisfies the "Environmental Policy" requirement for the Environmental Studies concentration
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: AMST Space and Place Electives, ENVI Environmental Policy,ENVP Core Courses,JLST Enactment/Applications in Institutions,MAST Interdepartmental Electives,POEC U.S. Political Economy + Public Policy Course,SCST Elective Courses
Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 25
Class Number: 1440
ENVI307-01(F) LEC Environmental Law Division 2: Social Studies David N. Cassuto
M 7:00 PM-9:40 PM Griffin 5 1440
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