ENVIRON 302 - Topics in Environmental Social Science
Section: 001 Introduction to Water Law and Policy
Term: WN 2014
Subject: Program in the Environment (ENVIRON)
Department: LSA Environment
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May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.

This course will survey the history, politics and cultural contexts that inform the United States law and policies governing prior appropriation states, riparian states and groundwater. In addition, the course will examine the role of energy and climate change in formulating current and future water policy. Students will take a very active role in preparing for and participating in discussion by responding to a series of regular forum topics and blogs, by participating on a regional water watch team responsible for updating the class on key developments in their watershed(s), and by presenting a case study on a trans-boundary water conflict. Students will also take a midterm and a final. In order to understand the underlying motives and cultural values influencing the multiple stakeholders, policy makers and regulators, we will look at a variety of materials ranging from art, media and literature to key statutes, legal opinions and reports. Students will develop the skills to identify the historical precedents and values informing ongoing water debates and problems, analyze key statutes and opinions, evaluate solutions, and present a position.

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ENVIRON 302 - Topics in Environmental Social Science
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (LEC)
2Jr or Sr
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
004 (LEC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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ISBN: 0140178244
Cadillac desert : the American West and its disappearing water, Author: Marc Reisner., Publisher: Penguin Books Rev. and u 1993
ISBN: 9781559632232
Water follies : groundwater pumping and the fate of America's fresh waters, Author: Glennon, Robert Jerome, 1944-, Publisher: Island Press 2002
ISBN: 9780140170061
The journals of Lewis and Clark, Author: Lewis, Meriwether, 1774-1809., Publisher: Penguin Books 1989
ISBN: 9780314199515
Water law in a nutshell, Author: by David H. Getches., Publisher: Thomson/West 4th ed. 2009
ISBN: 9780870715662
Water in the 21st-century West : a High country news reader, Author: Char Miller, editor., Publisher: Oregon State University Press 2009
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