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Environmental Policy




Admissions requirements



This course explores environmental problems from a policy perspective. The goal is to take a theoretically rigorous comparative approach to pressing environmental questions of today, including the prospects for greening the state, opportunities for and constraints on social mobilization, the dynamics of multi-level governance, and the relative effectiveness of environmental policies. This will include the analysis of policy approaches in the European Union, the United States, Russia, Japan, Canada, Australia, and China as well as the relationship between developed and developing countries. Beyond the complex interrelations between international organizations and initiatives at the national and local levels, the course will also address the role of private stakeholders and the public.

Course objectives

Students will:

  • Examine the policy process;

  • Compare and contrast significant environmental policies;

  • Break down the role of politics in environmental policy efforts.


Once available, timetables will be published here.

Mode of instruction

The course uses a mix of interactive lectures, group discussions and peer assessments. Interaction and discussions during class are based on the assigned readings that must be read in advance of the class.


Memo: 25%;
Essay: 35%;
Final Paper: 40%


There will be a Blackboard site available for this course. Students will be enrolled at least one week before the start of classes.

Reading list

The reading list will be made available on Blackboard at least one week before the course.


This course is open to LUC students and LUC exchange students. Registration is coordinated by the Curriculum Coordinator. Interested non-LUC students should contact


Dr. Sarah Giest: