HUM BIO 125, POL SCI 178
ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY AND LAW
Mon/Wed 1 - 2:30 in Room 85, Law School
In this course, we will examine the role of government and citizens in formulating, implementing
and enforcing environmental policy. Using case studies, background readings, law cases and statutes, we will investigate the formal and informal mechanisms involved in controlling pollution and protecting the environment. We will explore the respective roles of courts, legislatures, and executive agencies in shaping U.S. environmental policy. We will also consider the pros and cons of regulatory and economic approaches to pollution control.
B. Course Responsibilities
Class members will be expected to have completed the session's reading and be prepared to comment on it. Each seminar member will be responsible for one class presentation of about an hour. Discussion groups will be formed and will meet for an hour each week to review and discuss readings. A reserach paper of about 15 pages will be required, unless the class chooses two research papers of eight pages each. (Research paper guidelines will be distributed separately.) There will be a final take-home problem-set.
C. Required Text
Percival et al., Environmental Regulation: Law, Science and Policy, 3rd ed., 2000
D. Weekly Readings and Schedule
(There will be approximately 100 pages of reading each week. Discussion groups may divide and jointly review the readings.
Week 1 Introduction: Environmental Values and Policies
4/3 - 5 p. 1 - 101
Week 2 Sources of Environmenrtal Law
4/10 - 12 p. 101 - 191
. general conferences on paper topics; please submit 10 sources
Week 3 Waste
Management and Pollution Prevention I: RCRA and Alternatives to
Conventional Regulatory Approaches
4./17 - 19 p. 193 - 249 and 516 - 538
Week 4 Waste Management and Pollution Prevention II: CERCLA
4/24 - 26 p. 263 -340 and 361 - 372
Week 5 Regulation of Toxic Substances
5/1 - 3 p. 373 - 515 (OK to divide and share reading)
Air Pollution Control
5/8 - 10 p. 539 - 620
first draft of research paper due
Water Pollution Control
5/15 - 17 p. 623 - 680; 690 - 733; and 752 -758.
first draft conferences
Week 8 Environmental Enforcement
5/22 - 24 p. 985 - 1080
5/26 final draft of research paper due
Week 9 NEPA and Conclusion
5/31 839 - 889 and 1203 - 1237
final draft conferences
E. Research and Writing Project
The research paperÕs subject will be one of each personÕs choosing, but should be closely related to one of the topics covered in the seminar. The organization, format, and content of the paper should be similar to a short note in a scholarly journal. The paper should be about 15 double spaced word-processed pages, excluding footnotes. Choose a topic that will engage you in the research and writing.
The paper should trace the development of an issue in environmental policy/law through the various stages in the policy cycle and/or the trial and appellate proceedings. The paper should summarize any current debate or controversy over this area of policy, describe alternative approaches to resolving the issue, and present the writerÕs rationale for choosing a preferred alternative.
The first draft should contain all your research. You should use
the time between the two drafts to clarify, refine, and better organize
the paper, rather than to do additional research. Seminar members
will have different degrees of experience with writing a research paper.
Less experienced students should connect with Armin early in the quarter
to discuss the most effective ways of approaching the research and writing.
The first few minutes of every class meeting will be available for ÒfeedbackÓ. Use this time to air any questions or problems. Do not let yourself be intimidated by the material, the instructor or other students. All questions are valid. Frequently, the answer to a question will not be on anyoneÕs fingertips. Armin will make every effort to research a question or problem before the next meeting. There may be a class gathering (potluck meal, game) at Yost House early in the quarter. These gatherings have been enjoyable in the past and everyone is encouraged to attend.
G. Grade Calculation
Research paper - 50%
Presentation and participation - 30%
Take-home problem-set - 20%