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IR 134, HB 135: GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY and LAW
This course is designed to acquaint students with the international management of regional and global environmental issues. The focus is not only on the issues themselves, but on the international institutions and agreements that have been created to manage them. The course will begin with an overview of facts and root causes of global enviro problems; IEL sources and norms, and how such norms are implemented. Next, we will seek to develop a sense of what works in international environmental management and what does not. Specific topics to be addressed include transboundary air and water pollution, ozone depletion, global climate change, biological diversity and endangered species, global forest protection, freshwater resources, the export and dumping of hazardous wastes, international trade and the environment, human rights and the environment, and North/South issues and the role of the World Bank.
B. Course Responsibilities
There are five equal components to the class: Two eight page papers on self-chosen topics; a treaties exercise of eight pages -- choose your own treaty or agreement; a class presentation; and class and discussion section participation. There will be no exams.
Class members will be expected to have completed the week's reading and be prepared to comment on it. Teams of class members will be responsible for one of the course's nine issue units and will lead a Wednesday class. Each team will refer to my one copy of Poles Apart, a publication of India's Centre for Science and Environment, to get the southern (developing countries') perspective. Each class member will also meet in a student-facilitated weekly one-hour discussion section. Long readings may be shared within the discussion group. The treaties exercise will be due week three. Two research papers of 8 -10 pages will be required, on different subjects from the class presentation. The first draft of this paper will be due in the sixth week, and the final draft will be due in the ninth week. Both drafts will be returned during conferences with Armin.
C. Required Reading
Hunter et al., Int'l. Environmental Law and Policy (2002)
Sept. 25 1. Global Environmental Policy: Introduction and Whaling Convention.
Sept. 30 & Oct. 2 2. Wild Environmental Facts and Root Causes. Chapters 1 and 2. Conferences on research plans.
Oct. 7 & 9
3. Stockholm to Rio; Int'l Institutions and NGOs; Principles and
Norms. Chapter 4; chapter 5 - I, II, and IV.
Treaty exercise due.
Oct. 14 & 16 4. Transboundary Air Pollution and Stratospheric Ozone Layer Depletion. Chapter 9 - I, II, III, IV. Class presentations begin.
Oct. 21 & 23 5. Global Climate Change Chapter 9 - V. (Presenters will use Climate Change Policy.)
Oct. 28 & 30
6A. Freshwater Resources. Chapter 11.
6B. Hazardous Wastes and Materials Chapter 12 - I and II.
First research paper due. (Presenters may have extensions.)
Nov. 4 & 6 7. International Trade and Environment.
Chapter 15 - I and II. (Presenters will talk about NAFTA.)
Conferences on papers.
Nov. 11 & 13 8. Biodiversity and Wildlife. Chapter 13 - I, II and IV
Nov. 18 & 20 9. Protection of Habitat. Chapter 14 - IV Second research paper due.
Nov. 25 & 27
10. North/South Issues and the World Bank. Chapter 20. No class
presentation, but guest lecture on whales and Ramsar on 11/27.
Conferences on papers.
Dec. 2 & 4 11. Human Rights and Environment. Chapter 16 - I, III, and IV.
Several websites may be helpful both in fleshing out the reading and
in researching your paper. They include: http://www.wcl.american.edu/environment/IEL
http//www.issd.ca/linkages/ ; http/www.unep.ch/ozone;/Iucc;/Ipcc.
F. Research and Writing Project
The research papers' subjects will be of each person's choosing. It can be derived from any of the topics, materials or questions in the book. The organization, format and content of the paper should be similar to a short note in a scholarly journal. The papers should be at least eight and no longer than 10 double spaced word-processed pages, excluding footnotes. Each paper should critically analyze an issue, institution or agreement concerning global environmental policy. It should summarize any current debate or controversy over this subject, describe alternative approaches to resolving the issue, and present the writer's rationale for choosing particular policies. Full research paper guidelines will be distributed in class.
The first few minutes of every class meeting will be available for 'feedback'. Use this time to air any questions or problems. Frequently, the answer to a question will not be immediately available. I will make every effort to research a question or problem before the next class meeting.
We'll try to find a Saturday early in the quarter for a class gathering at 685 san Juan St., including a potluck meal.
H. Participation and Grades
The subject matter is complex and attendance at classes is vital. Please email me if anything will keep you from attending the next day's class. Class participation is also vital. This means taking responsibility for speaking up, asking focused questions and offering thoughtful answers.
Evaluation: A. Research Papers
- 20% each.
B. Treaty Exercise - 20%
C. Class Presentation - 20%
D. Seminar and Discussion Section Participation - 20%