In designing environmental laws, we decide how much environmental regulation we want. This is a difficult decision, because much environmental regulation comes at a significant cost. Usually, neither the value of the regulation nor the cost is clear, so choices must be made under conditions of significant uncertainty. We must also decide what types of regulatory instruments we will use to protect the environment. Some regulatory instruments are managed mainly by the government; others put substantial power in the hands of private actors. The Seminar on Policy Issues in Environmental Regulation gives students an opportunity to explore the rich literature on these issues. The seminar will be taught over the Internet using Blackboard and using email communication with the instructor. Each student will have specific assignments as to presenting his or her chosen seminar topic online and will be responsible for commenting on work presented online by other students. Students must also complete a paper on a topic approved by the instructor. The grade will be based on the student’s online presentation, comments on the online presentations of others, and on the final paper.
The final paper will fulfill the Advanced Research and Writing Requirement.
Enrollment limited to 12 students.
Grading: Student's online presentation, comments on the online presentations of others, and a final paper.
Prerequisite(s): Students must have completed at least 28 credit hours of work in other courses before taking this course.
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