Department of Environmental Studies, Huxley College of the Environment at WWU
See also: Graduate Courses
An overview of the environment macro-problem with emphasis on specific cases which reveal the complexity of environmental problems. Social, political, economic, humanistic and scientific issues in their environmental context. A basic introduction to environmental studies from the perspective of the social studies.
An examination of environmental and resource policy in the United States. What is policy, how is it made and how does it change? The history of environmental policy is examined, and current environmental policy surveyed. Federal, state, regional and local jurisdictions and how they interact in the policy arena are examined. Primary forces affecting environmental policy are reviewed and analyzed. Several case studies are presented.
Introduction to solving environmental problems in a policy context, applications of analytical, written, verbal and quantitative skills to address environmental concerns in an interdisciplinary manner.
Overview of publicly-owned lands (Forest Service, Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, wildlife refuges, wilderness areas) in the United States. Coverage of material includes administrative history, major players, policy changes over time, administration of these lands, and analysis of current events.
Explores issues, politics and conflicts in the area of natural resource policy, including endangered species, water rights and allocation, forest policy, public lands and/or wetlands.