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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.
Grading: no pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
several short writing assignments, a term research project, and active participation in class
ENVI 101 or permission of instructor
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AMST Space and Place Electives
ENVI Environmental Policy
MAST Interdepartmental Electives
POEC U.S. Political Economy + Public Policy Course