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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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GEOG 445 - Environmental Law

This course explores the key state and federal laws governing environmental management, their formation, and the legal boundaries of these acts and the ancillary administrative rules. ENST 460 and GEOG 445 are equivalent courses; students may not receive credit for both.

Credits: (5)

Learner Outcomes, Activities and Assessments

Learner Outcome

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Students will identify the variety of socio-political drivers present and the principal methods of creating legislative change.


In short answer and essay questions over two mid-term exams and a final exam, students will demonstrate proficiency of the nomenclature of law.  Students will also identify catalysts that have led  to environmental  law reforms.

Identify and explain the economic, social, and political factors that influence laws and administrative rules.


Students  will  identify market and non-market based drivers for change in environmental law and  policy.  Through  critical read and respond articles, students will identify critical triggers for administrative and legislative changes in natural resource management.

Analyze significant legislative articles, and identify administrative gaps using legal analysis.


Students will construct read and response papers to analyze existing and proposed legislation.  Students  will identify industries, individual entities, or geographical regions exempted.

Describe the adaptation of environmental laws effectively using concepts taught in the course.


Through a 7-8 page paper, each student will discuss a specific topic and write an analytical paper identifying the statutes origins and overall successes and challenges. Students will be able to identify managerial loopholes in the act.

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