David A Tetta
Intensive and advanced reading and discussion of selected works in interdisciplinary environmental studies. Topics vary. Credit/no-credit only.
The dynamics of the environmental movement over the past four decades is largely reflected in the structure and application of today's environmental laws.
This class will focus on analyzing and discussing the features of current environmental laws and regulations as they are used to address ongoing controversies in the Northwest. We will spend about half of the sessions covering the laws and administrative processes (i.e. permitting, enforcement), with the remaining half divided between scientific approaches to environmental standards setting and public involvement/conflict resolution methods.
Student learning goals
Develop a basic understanding of the major environmental laws influencing policy and programs in the Northwest, and how they are implemented at the local, state, Tribal and federal level.
Gain experience with the skills and techniques needed to: work effectively with a variety of stakeholders, negotiate environmental conflicts, and present environmental information.
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading
The focus of this class is on reading and discussion. In addition to actively participating in the weekly class meetings, assignments will require your participation in a couple of other "discussion" forums. A selection of web sites will constitute the required readings for each week, and there will be associated message board postings required for most of the class sessions. During Week 9 you will be participating in a simulated negotiation regarding permitting and clean-up decisions in a specific watershed.
Class grading will be on a credit/no credit basis with two components to the grade: * In-class participation, including participation in the negotiation simulation, and * Postings to the class message board