LAW 519 - The Ethics & Economics of Environmental Policy
Instructor: David Schmidtz
October 14 - December 8 • Fall 2021
Section 101/201 • 3 units • Graded • Online
Environmental problems have taken a prominent place in our public discourse in recent decades. These problems challenge us because of the inherent complexity of natural, social, economic, and political systems. But some of our biggest obstacles in addressing environmental problems come from the difficulty of identifying what would even count as solutions. Environmental problems force us to grapple with wide-ranging questions about the proper relationships between humans and their natural environments, as well as about our relationships with one another. This course looks at ethical, political, economic, and legal issues pertaining to environmental conflict resolution, urban ecology, climate change, cost-benefit analysis and environmental valuation.