Environmental Policy Syllabus '08

Environmental Policy Syllabus '08 - Monmouth University...

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Monmouth University Environmental Policy Spring Semester 2008 Course Syllabus Course Title: Environmental Politics and Policy Course Code: PS 330-1 (3 credits) Instructor: Steve Taylor Telephone: 732-291-4084 Email: thelorax@comcast.net Office Hours: Wednesdays 2:15 – 3:15 247 Bey Hall Classes: Wed., Fri. 1:00 – 2:15 Classroom: 228 Bey Hall Course Description: This course introduces social, political, and organizational processes that influence and shapes environmental and natural resources policy. The class will focus on the political arena and examine how citizens and community groups influence legislative initiatives. We will track how these initiatives become law and influence agency policy, interest- group activity, and public opinion. The class will discuss specific environmental issues such as global warming, population, water and air pollution, endangered species, energy use, and sustainability. Class teams will be organized to forecast public policy in these increasingly important areas of environmental policy. Rationale: What truly brings change to environmental policy? Do legislators or communities drive environmental policy? This course will examine historical events that influenced environmental policy and how environmental laws progress from federal to state and local governments. The process of passing federal laws and their evolution into environmental regulations will be examined. The Clean Water Act will be used as a case study since its passage brought about the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and a host of subsequent environmental programs. We will examine the role of interest groups and how public opinion can influence environmental policy. Current environmental topics like, global warming, population impacts, water and air pollution, endangered species protection, energy consumption, and biological sustainability will be discussed.
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Course Objectives: To acquaint students with historical events that lead to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act; To review how federal environmental laws establish statutory authorities that lead to regulations and policies that impact state and local governments; To examine the role of public interest groups and their influence on environmental policy; To examine how communities can influence environmental policies at the federal, state, and local levels; To examine environmental topics currently influencing public policy like global warming, population impacts, water and air pollution, endangered species protection, energy consumption, and biological sustainability; To empower students to think critically about environmental policies and their impacts on society. Specific topics will include:
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