PSCI 317
Environmental Law Fall 2019
Division II
Cross-listed PSCI 317 / ENVI 307

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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: Type: seminar
Limit: 25
Expected: 25
Class#: 1465
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: several short writing assignments, a term research project, and active participation in class
Prerequisites: ENVI 101 or permission of instructor
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
PSCI 317 Division II ENVI 307 Division II
Attributes: AMST Space and Place Electives
ENVI Environmental Policy
EVST Social Science/Policy
MAST Interdepartmental Electives
POEC U.S. Political Economy + Public Policy Course

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