Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Political Science


Political Science 398. Experimental Courses

Environmental Politics in the U.S.

Few contemporary policy issues are as polarizing as the environment, but environmental issues were not always the flashpoint of controversy they are today. In this course, we will trace the evolution of the consensual environmental politics of the 1960s into the contested politics of energy development and climate change in the current era. Special attention will be devoted to the role of science, ideology, and American political institutions in formulating environmental policy. Topics covered include air and water pollution, biodiversity, environmental justice, and energy policy.