Environmental Politics and Policy OpenCourseWare: A Free Bachelor Level Political Science Course on Environmental Policy by MIT

Published Feb 03, 2009

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Does environmental policymaking process in the U.S. interest you? MIT currently offers a free, online version of 'Environmental Politics and Policy' as part of their OpenCourseWare program. In this course, students will study the ways in which policies are implemented, as well as the political and social factors that influence public environmental policies. This undergraduate-level course is intended for students studying Enviornmental Policy, Public Policy and Political Science.

Environmental Politics and Policy: Course Specifics

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Environmental Politics and Policy: Course Description

'Environmental Politics and Policy' serves as an introduction to the workings of the environmental policy making process in the United States. Many related topics are discussed, including the role of science in the process and the ways in which both governmental and private-sector institutions define environmental issues. Students will study how political factors inform and influence environmental policy. Taught at MIT by Professor Steve Meyer, this undergraduate-level course includes a discussion of the challenges involved in the advancement of American environmental policies. Course assignments center around a series of questions which help students to fully understand the origin and evolution of environmental policy initiatives. Students will also study several of these initiatives, including the Clean Air Act of 1970 and the Endangered Species Act of 1973.

Downloadable lecture notes and a list of suggested reading are included with this free course. If you're interested in taking this free course, visit the environmental politics course page.

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