Fall 2023

US Environmental Policy

Listed in: Environmental Studies, as ENST-250


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.

Requisite: ENST-120. Fall semester. Assistant Professor Ravikumar.

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Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: readings, written work, oral presentations, group work, independent research

ENST 250 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM SCCE E212
Th 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM SCCE E212


Other years: Offered in Fall 2022, Fall 2023