F&ES 614b / 2016-2017

Environmental Governance and Justice Practicum: Case Studies in a Changing Climate

Credits: 3

Spring 2017: W, 2:30-5:20, Kroon 319
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The course will cover how the practical and theoretical methods used in environmental policy and planning can assist city, county, and state governments address the immediate and long-term sustainability challenges posed by global and local environmental change (such as climate change).  Particular attention will be focused on social institutional practices, and how race, class, and gender impacts environmental participation and justice in the distribution of natural resources, such as water and air. Students will examine social theories of “nature,” as well as a range of policy responses to address environmental inequities. An emphasis is placed on disadvantaged communities in the United States. In the course, urban and sociological theories will be complemented by real-world environmental controversies that require group collaboration to produce in-class presentations, role-playing negotiation case simulations, and the completion of client policy memos with regional and local policymakers that engage students critically with the course material.
Enrollment limited to 15
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