Political Science | Environmental Policy
Y313 | 26403 | 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%).