U.S. Environmental Policy

This is a survey course that includes both the basic study of public policy and an introduction to a wide variety of environmental problems, policies and regulations. The study of public policy includes coverage of both the standard policy process model and the advocacy coalition framework (ACF) approach that is dominant in environmental policy studies. Topics covered include a history of environmental policy and the major waves of policy development, regulatory approaches, and the conflict between environmental policy and natural resource policy. Environmental policy areas covered include water, air, toxics, waste and hazardous materials, land use and conservation, and a special investigation of energy policy and climate change.