Environmental Policy I & II

This course sequence analyzes the dynamic and complex relationship among various factors—legal, political, cultural, and ethical—that influence the environmental policy-making process. The courses use a case-study approach to introduce students to the core concepts of environmental policy making and environmental policy cycles that include defining the environmental problem, setting the environmental agenda, and presenting and implementing policy solutions. Students examine state and social responses to new and ongoing environmental problems. In the United States context, this includes taking into account the nature of state-federal relationships in developing and applying the environmental law, as well as the evolving role of technology, tensions between private and public interests, and equity considerations. In addition to U.S. environmental policy, the courses explore international environmental regime development, conflict resolution, and trans-boundary citizen networks that influence global environmental decision making.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Basic knowledge of qualitative policy analysis
  • Familiarity with key theories in international and comparative politics
  • Understanding of a range of concrete policy instruments related to environmental policy
  • Case-based analysis to identify critical policy problems and relevant policy or technical solutions