Environmental Policies and Laws

Environmental Policies and Laws
Inception, current state, and future directions of seminal environmental policies and laws established in the US to improve environmental quality. Application of policies and laws in resource conservation and management, including a National Environmental Policy Act certification program.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 ProgramsContaining PWS 375
Course Outcomes

Environmental Policy and Law Development

Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of the inception, current state, and future needs of the five seminal developments in environmental policy and law (i.e., Clean Air Act; Clean Water Act; National Environmental Policy Act; Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act or Superfund; and the Endangered Species Act)

Policy Analysis Framework

Create your own conceptual framework for analyzing policy change in the United States and abroad, and understand the role of government, society, and economics in shaping this framework

Institutional Policy Development

Understand the formal institutional setting in which policy is developed, the major participants involved, and the role of science in shaping policy

Law and Environmental Interaction

Gain a basic understanding of how environmental laws (e.g., statutes, cases, and common laws) operate to regulate our interaction with the environment and one another

Effective Writing

Write more effectively and concisely