11.373 Science, Politics, and Environmental Policy

Fall 2004


A pristine landscape. (Image courtesy of Michael Jastremski, openphoto.net.)

Course Highlights

This course features an in-depth reading list and a complete set of lecture notes to which the students must respond.

Course Description

This class examines the role of science in the US environmental policymaking process. It investigates the methods scientists use to learn about the natural world, the way scientific knowledge accumulates, the treatment of science by advocates and the media, and the role of science in legislative, administrative and judicial decision making. It also considers how other political systems use science in an effort to put the US approach in comparative perspective.

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Prof. Judith Layzer

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
3 hours / session