Viewing: PS 320 : U.S. Environmental Law and Politics

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Last edit: Thu, 23 Aug 2018 19:22:24 GMT

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Change Type
Major
PS (Political Science)
320
018090
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
No
U.S. Environmental Law and Politics
US Environmental Law & Politic
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Political Science (16PS)
45.1001
Political Science and Government, General.
Term Offering
Spring Only
Offered Alternate Years
Fall 2016
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded with S/U option
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3.0
Course Attribute(s)
GEP (Gen Ed)

If your course includes any of the following competencies, check all that apply.
University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Daniel Graham, PhD
Teaching Assistant Professor

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture3535Non/a
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
None

Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Yes
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
16PSBABA Political Science Elective
16PSAMBA Political Science: American Politics Elective
16PSINTBA Political Science: International Politics Elective
16PSLJJBA Political Science: Law and Justice, Justice Systems Elective
16PSLJLBA Political Science: Law and Justice, Law and Theory Elective
16PSPUBBA Political Science: Public Policy Elective
16PSBSBS Political Science Elective
16OSMPolitical Science Minor Elective
Emergence of the environment as an issue in United States politics. Law and policy pertaining to air and water pollution, land-use, water, energy, toxic substances, and wilderness. Roles of national and state governments, scientists, corporations, and citizens groups in addressing environmental problems

Formal GEP review and adding to CourseLeaf system.


No

Is this a GEP Course?
Yes
GEP Categories
Social Sciences
Humanities Open when gep_category = HUM
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Mathematical Sciences Open when gep_category = MATH
Each course in the Mathematial Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Natural Sciences Open when gep_category = NATSCI
Each course in the Natural Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Social Sciences Open when gep_category = SOCSCI
Each course in the Social Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 
Evaluate the dynamics of the major political settings, legal and regulatory frameworks, including government institutions, branches, and levels of government; interest groups, scientists, media, and corporations as they apply to US environmental topics and legal cases.
 
 
Take Home Essay Mid Term Exam that requires students to discuss how and why Political, Governmental, Economic, and Cultural Factors impact the Origination, Interpretation, Implementation, and Enforcement of Environmental Laws.
 
 
Using case study method, critique the Legal, Institutional, and Political similarities and differences between Global and Domestic Environmental Law and Policy, analyzing the policy components of one major domestic Env. Law and how factors in the wider policy arena impacts the design, success, and possible revisions to this law.
 
 
Take Home Essay Final Exam requires students to compare and contrast the Legal Frameworks, Institutional Settings, Interest Group Impacts, and Roles of Science between Global and Domestic Env. law and Policy-Making. (First Essay)
Students are also required to discuss the: legal basis,intent, language, goals, compliance criteria, implementation agencies, enforcement format, and amendments of one major domestic Env. Law; and how Political, Economic, Scientific, and Cultural Factors impact the success or limitations of this one law.(Second Essay)
 
 
Apply the concepts of Political Science, Ecological Science, and the US Legal System to evaluate and explain the real world problems of environmental issues of pollution, resource sustainability, and environmental justice within the framework of the relationship between human laws and the laws of ecology.
 
 
Students are required to research and write a major paper on a topic in Domestic Env. Law and Policy that covers the Political, Governmental, Legal, Scientific, Economic, and Cultural Factors involved. They are also required to submit a Paper Proposal before their topic can be approved.
Interdisciplinary Perspectives Open when gep_category = INTERDISC
Each course in the Interdisciplinary Perspectives category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Visual & Performing Arts Open when gep_category = VPA
Each course in the Visual and Performing Arts category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Health and Exercise Studies Open when gep_category = HES
Each course in the Health and Exercise Studies category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
&
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Global Knowledge Open when gep_category = GLOBAL
Each course in the Global Knowledge category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve objective #1 plus at least one of objectives 2, 3, and 4:
 
 

 
 

 
Please complete at least 1 of the following student objectives.
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

US Diversity Open when gep_category = USDIV
Each course in the US Diversity category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve at least 2 of the following objectives:
Please complete at least 2 of the following student objectives.
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Requisites and Scheduling
100
 
a. If seats are restricted, describe the restrictions being applied.
 
no restrictions
 
b. Is this restriction listed in the course catalog description for the course?
 
n/a
 
List all course pre-requisites, co-requisites, and restrictive statements (ex: Jr standing; Chemistry majors only). If none, state none.
 
none
 
List any discipline specific background or skills that a student is expected to have prior to taking this course. If none, state none. (ex: ability to analyze historical text; prepare a lesson plan)
 
none
Additional Information
Complete the following 3 questions or attach a syllabus that includes this information. If a 400-level or dual level course, a syllabus is required.
 
Title and author of any required text or publications.
 
1. ENVIRONMENTAL LAW ANTHOLOGY (1996), eds. Fischman, Lipeles (N or U)
2. ENVIRONMENTAL LAW AND POLICY (2014/4th ed.) Salzman & Thompson (N or U)
3. ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS AND POLICY (2013/9th Ed.), by Rosenbaum (N or U)
4. ES: 2015 (Annual Editions), ed. Eathorne (N or U)
5. FIRST ALONG THE RIVER (2011/4th ed.), by Kline (N or U)
 
Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.
 
no change
 
List any required field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers.
 
no change
Course is already a regular offering within the PS Department and will continue to be.

This course examines U.S. Environmental Law and Politics. Beginning with a brief history of the origins of environmental law, conservation, and modem environmentalism, we will trace and analyze the dynamics of the major political settings and regulatory frameworks, including the roles of governmental institutions, citizen groups, scientists, corporations, and the media. We will examine the how and why of judicial and policy involvement within the issue areas of: toxics, air and water pollution, soil and land, energy policy, wildlife, wilderness/biodiversity, technology choices, population/poverty and their interconnections


Student Learning Outcomes

Same as GEP SLOs.


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Midterm20%See syllabus
Final Exam40%See syllabus
Major Paper40%See syllabus
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
See syllabus

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