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Courses - Spring 2022
ENSP
Environmental Science and Policy Department Site
ENSP102
Introduction to Environmental Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
GenEd: DSHS
Additional information: May be taken before or after ENSP101.
Second of two courses that introduce students to the topics studied and methods employed in environmental science and policy. Emphasis on the process of formulating, implementing, and evaluating policy responses to environmental problems, with particular attention to policy controversies related to scientific uncertainty, risk assessment, the valuation of nature, and distributional equity. May be taken before or after ENSP101.
ENSP250
Lawns in the Landscape: Environmental Hero or Villain?
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
GenEd: DSNS, SCIS
Cross-listed with PLSC250.
Credit only granted for: ENSP250 or PLSC250.
Examination of the lawn as an element in the anthropogenic landscape and its influence on global warming, regional air and water quality, ecological diversity, mammalian pesticide exposure and consumptive water use. Demographic and socioeconomic factors are examined in the context of being predictors of landscape aesthetic desires and lawn management behaviors. Policies that incentivize lawn alternatives or changes in lawn management behavior are discussed.
ENSP306
Fundamentals of Qualitative Research Methods for Environmental Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
An introduction to research design and methods, with an in-depth focus on qualitative research methods and application to environmental studies. Topics include: writing an appropriate research question, identifying relevant methods, submitting a proposal to the Institutional Review Board, choosing appropriate sampling approaches, conducting interviews, focus groups, ethnographies, analyzing textual data, and presenting qualitative results.
ENSP330
(Perm Req)
Introduction to Environmental Law
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Recommended: ENSP101 and ENSP102.
Restriction: Junior standing or higher. And must be a major in the Environmental Science and Policy program; or permission of Environmental Science and Policy program.
An overview of environmental law, from its common law roots to its role in the modern regulatory state, including an examination of major federal environment statutes and the policy debates inherent in them. Other areas covered include civil and criminal enforcement, standing to sue, land use control, and regulatory takings.
ENSP342
(Perm Req)
Environmental Threats to Oceans and Coasts: Towards an Integrated Policy Response
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Recommended: ENSP101 and ENSP102.
Restriction: Must have earned a minimum of 60 credits. And must be a major in the Environmental Science and Policy program; or permission of Environmental Science and Policy program.
An interdisciplinary study of the challenges of maintaining the health and vitality of oceans and coasts in the face of climate change, extreme weather, and other threats including pollution, and oil and gas development. Exploration of four broad themes: resource management, conservation and stewardship, pollution, and coastal zone management. Also, an analysis of current efforts to integrate these themes through ecosystem-based management; marine spatial planning; and related policy responses.
ENSP350
(Perm Req)
Energy Resources: Science and Policy in the 21st Century
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ENSP101 and ENSP102.
Restriction: Must have earned a minimum of 60 credits; and permission of AGNR-Dean-Environmental Science & Policy Program.
Credit only granted for: ENST405, ENSP350, ENST605, or MEES698Z.
Energy resource production and consumption, including historical context, current trends in the U.S. and globally, and social and environmental implications. Includes fuel-source formation, history of use, modern trends in consumption, production, pricing and trade, reserves and resources, environmental and social impacts, future outlook and potential new technologies related to energy efficiency and conservation.
ENSP370
(Perm Req)
Principles of Environmental Justice: Theory and Practice
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Recommended: ENSP101 and ENSP102.
Restriction: Junior standing or higher. Must be a major in the Environmental Science and Policy program; permission of Environmental Science and Policy program.
Explores the issue of environmental justice from the social science, policy, and legal perspectives. The course will begin with a theoretical foundation of environmental justice, and the historical, social and economic roots of environmental injustices and environmental racism. We will explore the different contexts within which environmental injustice manifests itself including domestic and international examples such as injustices in the food system, climate justice, environmental privilege, and urban environmental justice and pollution. We will study the ways in which people and communities have combated environmental injustices by looking at the history of the environmental justice movement, which was created to address the increasingly disproportionate impacts of environmental harms on low income populations and communities of color.
ENSP386
(Perm Req)
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Restriction: Must have internship proposal approved by the concentration advisor, the director of ENSP and the student's internship sponsor.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
ENSP399
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Environmental Science and Policy
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
ENSP399R
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Environmental Science and Policy; Research
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
ENSP400
(Perm Req)
Capstone in Environmental Science and Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
CORE: CS
GenEd: DSSP
Prerequisite: ENSP101; and ENSP102.
Restriction: Must be in Environmental Science and Policy program; and senior standing; and permission of the Environmental Science and Policy Program.
Integration of physical, biological, and social sciences with applications to environmental science and policy. Problem-solving and multi-disciplinary case study evaluations pertinent to contemporary and future issues related to the environment.
ENSP499
Honors Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.