ENVST 2100 – Introduction to Environment and Sustainability This course examines human-environment relations from a variety of disciplines. Through a series of lectures and readings, students will be exposed to a diverse range of research, viewpoints, approaches, and topics associated with environmental and sustainability issues. This class provides a unique opportunity for students to engage the breadth of research and teaching at the University of Utah that addresses human-environment relations. Students will engage a wide range of opinions, be exposed to distinct kinds of intellectual inquiry, and meet faculty from many disciplines. Through lectures and class discussion, we will process this material and fit it into a larger inter-disciplinary context of environmental and sustainability studies.
POLS 1100 – U.S. National Government This course provides an introduction to American government and politics. The course covers the principles on which the national government rests, the nature of political action in the U.S., and the dynamics of the Congress, Presidency, Judiciary, and Bureaucracy.
POLS 5322/6322 – Environmental and Sustainability Politics This course will examine environmental politics and policy in the United States. We will apply theories from political science, public policy, and other social science disciplines to analyze how values, interests, and institutions shape the processes by which policies are enacted and implemented. We will pay particular attention to public opinion and the related political forces that influence environmental policy. Using a case study approach we will consider a variety of policy issues involving pollution control, access to and management of natural resources, urban design and restoration, and energy development. These case studies will also consider environmental policy in the state and local, national, and international contexts.
POLS 5510 – Water Policy & Politics This class examines the policy and politics of water, including issues of water pollution/quality; water supply and management; historical perceptions and development; water law and current debates; river restoration; environmental justice; and Native Americans. We will focus mainly on the rules governing how water is used, the politics of water decision-making, and whether or not the rules are effective at providing adequate amounts of clean water for human consumption and ecosystem maintenance. Although the focus of this course will be the American West (west of the 100h meridian), I will bring into discussion—and invite contributions–about water policy dynamics in other parts of the U.S and abroad, where there exists conflict or potential conflict, over water.