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Course Number: 90-798

Environmental Policy And Planning

Units: 12

Environmental Policy and Planning provides an introduction to how environmental policies have been and can be designed/created, implemented, and evaluated amidst complex information-based, social, political, and cultural processes. The course emphasizes a systems-based methodological approach for addressing the complexities involved in framing, analyzing, and designing an implementation plan for policy construction.

The course also explores through landmark and contemporary case studies several dimensions of environmental policymaking:

* Contextual, historical, and structural aspects of environmental policymaking at the local, state, federal, and international levels
* Use of quantitative and qualitative analytical tools (from the core program as well as new tools)
* The process of how policies derive their meaning.

Students in this course work on a final environmental policy project to demonstrate mastery of the knowledge and skill-based exercises explored during the term.

Matthew Mehalik