Geography 473 (Environmental Law)

Spring Term, 2000

Dr. Craig Caupp

Description  2206.473, A survey of federal and state environmental laws and regulations. History and role of environmental regulation related to air and water pollution, waste disposal, and resource development.

Course Objectives Students will:

1. Evaluate the factors influencing the need and development of environmental law.

2. Develop an understanding of the structure and origin of the legal system of the United States.

3. Learn how to locate legislation covering aspects of environmental analysis and land development.

4. Develop an understanding of the major environmental legislation.

5. Learn to use sites on the WWW to track current environmental law issues.

Readings and Text

Selected readings both in handouts, library reserve and on the INTERNET along with the textbook: Environmental Law Second Edition, Nancy K. Kubasek and Gary S. Silverman, Prentice Hall, 1996. (Additional paper back may be assigned)

COURSE EXAMINATIONS: The exams include questions from your text readings, lecture notes, and exercises. Types of questions include multiple choice, matching, fill-in-blank, short answer essay, and design problems.

Three exams will be given. The first exam will occur in the fifth or sixth week, the second in approximately the tenth week and the last during the scheduled final exam period. Make-up exams will be given only if the student is ill or a personal emergency occurs and the absence is reported to the instructor prior to the examination period and supported by proper written documentation.

Exercises. 120 points will be from short assignments (examples library exercise locating statutes and code, use of INTERNET locate current and pending court cases and legislation, writing a letter to elected federal or state legislator, QUIZZES, etc). 100 points will be from final project. The final project will be a report on one aspect of environmental law. The student will identify an important Federal and/or state statute, provide a short history of the legislation, and discuss its current importance.

Grades -- determined by total points accumulated:

Exam 1      90    A = 450 or more
Exam 2      90    B = 400 to 449
Final        100    C = 350 to 399
Exercises 120    D = 300 to 349
Final Proj.100    F = 299 and below
Total        500

Final Exam .

Attendance Policy  Attendance will not be taken. Students assume responsibility for information and handouts missed due to absence. Lab exercises are expected to be done on time. Lab exercises missed due to absence will not be accepted.

Office DH 314 (ext. 4755) Hours I have an open door office policy, stop by with your question at any time. Office hours: M W 2:OO-3:OO PM, TR 11:00-12: AM, F 9:00 - 10:00 AM

Academic Dishonesty is defined to include giving or receiving aid on exams, any form of cheating, or plagiarism. Students found guilty of academic dishonesty will receive an automatic course grade of "F" and will be referred to the Campus Judicial System. For a discussion of Academic Dishonesty refer to statement in the PATHFINDER.

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