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2020 Online Learning Summer Classes

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2020 Online Learning Summer Classes

Term 1

ENV5105E1/Administrative Law

Provides students with a working knowledge of the general principles of administrative law; implementation of legislative policy through administrative agencies, including the role of administrative agencies in the governmental process, rulemaking, adjudication, and judicial review of agency actions.

Professor(s)

Semester

2020 Summer Online - Term 1

WRI7301.1/Advanced Writing

This Seminar provides students an opportunity to produce a significant written paper based on sophisticated research and thinking about a key area in policy and law related to the student’s degree and/or certificate requirement. 

Professor(s)

Greg Johnson

Semester

2020 Summer Online - Term 1

ENV5212E1/Climate Change and the Law

Climate change is the most profound social and environmental issue of the 21st century. This course will integrate the emerging science and law of climate change along with economic and inter-generational equity aspects of the problem. We will consider how existing federal laws such as the Clean Air Act and NEPA may be used to address climate change as well as how new more comprehensive laws may be fashioned. Different policy instruments will be considered including carbon taxes and emissions trading.

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2020 Summer Online - Term 1

ENV5226E1/Energy Law & Policy-Carbon Constrained World

Examines key issues in American energy policy and searches for ways to ease the strains which that policy puts upon environmental sustainability. The course reviews fundamental facts about our energy demands and sample regulatory orders and legal writings that address many of those elements from the perspective of a legal review. Background readings will include ethical issues of social justice in siting projects and meeting or limiting energy demand, the statutory schemes underlying traditional regulation, and an introduction to wholesale electric markets.

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2020 Summer Online - Term 1

ENV5220E1/Environmental Economics & Markets

Introduces students to the discipline of environmental economics and expose them to debates over the use of market-based instruments in environmental and energy policy. It also introduces students to basic economics and finance concepts, examines key principles, and applies these basic elements and concepts to common environmental problems and actual case studies.

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2020 Summer Online - Term 1

ENV5115E1/Environmental Law

An introduction to the broader categories of protecting human health and the environment to both assess the successes and failures of environmental protection in the U.S. and gain more detailed substantive knowledge of several key statutes.

Professor(s)

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2020 Summer Online - Term 1

ENV5108E1/Introduction to Food and Agriculture Law and Policy

Feeding a growing global population—9.6 billion by 2050—without destroying our planet is one of the critical challenges of our time. Overlay the impacts of climate change, international trade, and the influence of corporations on agricultural production, and this is one of the most complex areas of the law and policy. It is also one of the fastest growing areas, fueled by the food movement both domestically and internationally, greater public awareness of food issues and concerns related to the healthfulness of our food. Indeed, this is an exciting time to be studying food systems law.

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2020 Summer Online - Term 1

REQ7186E1/Legislation and Regulation Survey

This course will provide students an introduction to the legislative process, regulatory agencies, and agency law-making. Students will learn to navigate modern U.S. government institutions and processes, with a particular emphasis on the legislative process and the administrative state. Key topics include the structure and animating principles of the U.S.

Professor(s)

Semester

2020 Summer Online - Term 1

RSJ 7320 E1/New Approaches to Domestic and Sexual Violence

This course will address how we respond to domestic and sexual violence, the shortcomings to our current approach, and explore meaningful alternatives to our current responses. The course will consider the political, cultural, and legal factors that are influencing shifting attitudes toward crimes of interpersonal violence. Combining cases, with book chapters, law review articles, and online and other material, students will learn about the history of legal responses to crimes of interpersonal violence as well as the current prevailing approach and visions for future approaches.

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2020 Summer Online - Term 1

RSJ7115.1/Principles of Restorative Justice

This highly participatory course will explore restorative justice and the ideas that form its foundation, question its strengths and shortcomings, examine restorative practices, and investigate opportunities to put the theory into practice.

Professor(s)

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2020 Summer Online - Term 1

ENV5112E1/Science for Environmental Law

Introduces students to the science critical to environmental law and policy, including climate science, air pollution, toxicology, and natural resource management. It also introduces students to scientific thinking and culture, and explores some of the challenges involved in effectively using science in legal and policy decision-making.

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2020 Summer Online - Term 1

Term 2

ENV5105E1/Administrative Law

Provides students with a working knowledge of the general principles of administrative law; implementation of legislative policy through administrative agencies, including the role of administrative agencies in the governmental process, rulemaking, adjudication, and judicial review of agency actions.

Professor(s)

Semester

2020 Summer Online - Term 1

RSJ7140.1/Applied Criminal Justice

This course explores the use of criminal legal systems to address social and environmental harms. After an introductory section on criminal law and procedure, the course explores conventional and alternative criminal justice approaches to address harms against people, animals, and the environment. Students will submit a graded paper and presentation.

Professor(s)

David Cahill

Semester

2020 Summer Online - Term 2

ENV5336E1/Climate Change, Extinction, Adaptation

Students examine the ecological, social and ethical consequences of climate change impacts on the natural world. After reviewing climate disruption's potential to invoke significant habitat modification and biological impoverishment, students consider various legal and policy options to address both the phenomenon of climate change and its effects.

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2020 Summer Online - Term 2

ENV5122E1/Communications, Advocacy & Leadership

Designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to operate effectively in a variety of careers. Topics include communications to achieve public policy aims; development and implementation of legislative and policy campaigns; and management of enterprises.

Professor(s)

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2020 Summer Online - Term 2

ENV5228E1/Energy Regulation and the Environment

Builds on the course Energy Law and Policy in a Carbon-Constrained World by exposing students to the legal, economic, and structural issues involved in energy regulation and energy markets, focusing on electricity. The course examines the evolution, theory and techniques of monopoly regulation; the current processes for rate setting; and the development of competitive, market-based alternatives. The course exposes students to the latest approaches to managing the electric grid, to renewable energy strategies and procurement, energy efficiency, demand side management and green markets.

Professor(s)

Semester

2020 Summer Online - Term 2

ENV5115E2/Environmental Law

An introduction to the broader categories of protecting human health and the environment to both assess the successes and failures of environmental protection in the U.S. and gain more detailed substantive knowledge of several key statutes.

Professor(s)

Semester

2020 Summer Online - Term 2

RSJ7250.1/Global Restorative Justice

Professor(s)

Emily Gould

Semester

2020 Summer Online - Term 2

CRI 7333 E1/Juvenile Justice

This course will explore the historical and current administration of juvenile justice in the US, including the legal and policy justifications for having a separate system for young offenders, and whether this division continues to make sense today. This course will also explore contemporary alternatives to the more traditional juvenile justice responses to include the use of restorative practices.

Professor(s)

Anna Saxman '85

Semester

2020 Summer Online - Term 2

LLM9606E1/L.L.M. Seminar

Explores diverse advanced topics and viewpoints over environmental law and policy, through discussion and lectures from environmental scholars who will present their scholarship to the seminar.

Professor(s)

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2020 Summer Online - Term 2

ENV5479E1/Law and Policy of Local Food

This course explores state and local policies that impact distribution of food, restaurant regulation, and comparisons of state-level initiatives to bolster local food markets. Students will be exposed to specific skills for small and mid-size producers and entrepreneurs working in the agricultural and food industries. Finally, students will examine the state and local food laws and emerging entrepreneurial trends in food production.

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2020 Summer Online - Term 2

ENV5235E1/Natural Resources Law

Examines the statutes and regulations governing the management of the federal lands and their resources. Considers the historical, political, and ecological influences on the law and management of these resources, and includes an introduction to the agencies with jurisdiction over the components of the federal estate.

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2020 Summer Online - Term 2