NTRES 3311 - Environmental Governance

(crosslisted) BSOC 3311 , DSOC 3311 , STS 3311  
(SBA-AG) (CU-SBY)     
Fall. 3 credits. Student option grading.

Co-meets with DSOC 6320 /NTRES 6310 .

R. Ghosh, S. Wolf.

Environmental governance is defined as the assemblage of institutions that regulate society-nature interactions and shape environmental outcomes across a range of spatial and temporal scales.  Institutions, broadly defined, are mechanisms of social coordination including laws (formal) and social norms (informal) that guide the behavior of individuals.  Participants in the course will explore the roles of governments, markets, and collective action in environmental management and mismanagement. We will emphasize interactions among leading environmental policy strategies: public regulation, market-based incentives, and community-based resource management. The course is focused around a set of analytic perspectives.  These theoretical frameworks allow us to synthesize empirical observations and material changes in ways that inform our understanding of contemporary evolution of environmental policy and management.

Outcome 1: Students will gain familiarity with the concepts, theories and applications of institutional analysis applied to environment.

Outcome 2: Students will develop critical awareness of the strengths and weakness of states, markets and collective structures as resources for social regulation.

Outcome 3: Students will develop an historical appreciation of environmental policy in order to reflect critically on contemporary status and trends.

Outcome 4: Students will develop an interdisciplinary understanding of environmental policy through exploration of economic, sociological and political scientific perspectives.

Outcome 5: Students will be exposed to a broad range of environmental problems and policy and management responses. Coverage includes national and international cases, and analyses at multiple scales.

Outcome 6: Students will develop capacity to conduct institutional analysis including the specification of a research question, policy research, synthesis and communication.

Outcome 7: Students will build generic competencies including reading of scientific and popular texts, writing, oral communication, group work and critical analysis.

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