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Math & Science Center - W307C
What are institutions? Do we define institutions as the formal “bricks and mortar” organizations that have traditionally made environmental policy? Or can institutions also be informal establishments held together by common problems, conflicts or beliefs? How have what we have traditionally thought of as the most dominant organizations and institutions shaping environmental policy evolved, and what is their role today? What other institutions are in place for progressing environmental policies and action at the individual, local, regional, national, international and global levels? What is the current role of government, and what role do corporations, non-profit organizations and other stakeholders play? How can an individual affect change at all these levels?
This course will explore these questions while challenging students to develop an appreciation for the complexities of environmental policy in today’s society. Through a combination of theory, case study examples and hands-on problem-solving, students will also develop their own perspective for how to affect change as they embark on future careers as environmental policy or resource management professionals, as well as in their role as citizens.
Fullfills the Intermediate Social Science requirement for ENVS majors.
Syllabus to be published the first week of class.
Required Textbooks, Articles, and Resources
- 2000. People and Forests: Communities, Institutions and Governance. ISBN: 978-0262571371.
- 1993. Compass and Gyroscope: Integrating Science and Politics for the Environment. ISBN: 978-1559631976.
- 2002. The Policy Process: A Practical Guide for Natural Resource Professionals. ISBN: 978-0300090123.
- 2009. A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis: The Eightfold Path to More Effective Problem Solving (3rd edition),. ISBN: 978-0872899520.Optional purchase: also available as an e-book through the library.
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