This course takes a problem-based approach to the politics of the environment. We\2019ll use a series of environmental cases to highlight the political challenges of solving environmental problems, and we\2019ll discuss a range of concepts and strategies that may be helpful in understanding and overcoming those challenges. We\2019ll 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\2019ll 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.
Satisfies Major and Concentration requirements for Environmental Studies.