Political Science | Environmental Policy
Y313 | 20640 | Hershey
This course is intended to survey the political activity,
conflicts, and choices related to American environmental problems.
To learn how environmental policy develops, we will examine the
political and institutional framework within which environmental
problems are addressed (or not addressed) in the U.S. Second, we’ll
focus on the politics of several especially important environmental
problems such as energy and automobiles. Finally, we will take a
critical look at the political, economic, and ecological feasibility
of alternative solutions to environmental problems.
Members of the course will take an essay midterm (30% of the grade)
and a final exam (35%). Class members will also conduct research on
the politics of a local environmental problem either as individuals
or in collaboration with others in the class, leading to the writing
of a two-part research paper (35%).