Political Science | Environmental Policy
Y313 | 3558 | 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%).