Course Detail


Environmental Politics



This course takes a problem-based approach to the politics of the environment. We will use a series of environmental cases to highlight the political challenges of solving environmental problems, and we’ll discuss a range of concepts and strategies that may be helpful in understanding and overcoming those challenges. We will look at the history of environmental politics, both domestically and internationally, and the range of stakeholders that have played important roles in the evolution of environmental policy. We will cover biodiversity loss, climate change, deforestation, pollution, and other environmental issues. Each student will write a well-researched policy memo that analyzes the political context of an issue of particular interest to them.

Prerequisites & Notes

Satisfies Major and Concentration requirements for Environmental Studies.