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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

ENST 4035 - Environmental Policy, Politics and Law

A seminar designed to introduce students to the complexity of policy problems surrounding international environmental issues. The course initially focuses on the difference between national and international policy issues; the unique challenges of international environmental issues; the role of interest groups, politicians and parties; political confrontation when it comes to international cooperation and the environment; industries, energy producers, environmentalists, and various ideological forces; the news media, consumers, voters and regulatory agencies; and addresses the fragility of international environmental institutions. The second half of the course focuses on specific policy problems such as: free trade, sustainable development, population growth, climate change, and endangered species. Students develop an expertise in the positions and problems of one nation outside the U.S. The impact of global public participation and how international regulation is adopted through the political process in both the international and domestic arenas is also examined. There is a GIS component to this class. Recommended previous courses: POLS 2012 and ENST 3040.

Prerequisites: ENST 2030, GISC 2011, and GISC 2011L, or permission of instructor