Political Science | Environmental Policy
Y313 | 15788 | 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%).