Fall 2020

US Environmental Policy

Listed in: Environmental Studies, as ENST-250

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Ashwin J. Ravikumar (Section 01)


This course is built around core readings on key policies and agencies of environmental governance in the US. It will provide students with a strong grasp of the most important environmental legislation in the United States (such as the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Clean Air Act). We will explore how existing environmental laws and institutions have provided important environmental protections, and also where they have fallen short. We will also ask how environmental racism and other forms of inequality have been addressed or exacerbated by historical policies, with an eye towards identifying promising alternatives in the future. Students will examine the relationships between local, state, and federal agencies carrying out environmental governance. This class will explore how policy is "political," and how it emerges from the actions of competing interest groups.

Pre-requisite: ENST-120; Fall Semester. Professor Ravikumar


Attention to Issues of Class, Attention to Issues of Race, Attention to Issues of Social Justice, Attention to Writing, Online Only


2021-22: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2020