11.601 Introduction to Environmental Policy and Planning

Fall 2005

Ecosystem monitoring at the Department of Energy's Hanford Site.
Scientists and students engaged in ecosystem monitoring at the Department of Energy's Hanford Site. (Image courtesy of U.S. Department of Energy Hanford Site.)

Course Highlights

This course features a complete set of readings, as well as excerpts from a class blog featured in the assignments section.

Course Description

This course is the first subject in the Environmental Policy and Planning sequence. It reviews philosophical debates including growth vs. deep ecology, "command-and-control" vs. market-oriented approaches to regulation, and the importance of expertise vs. indigenous knowledge. Its emphasis is placed on environmental planning techniques and strategies. Related topics include the management of sustainability, the politics of ecosystem management, environmental governance and the changing role of civil society, ecological economics, integrated assessment (combining environmental impact assessment (EIA) and risk assessment), joint fact finding in science-intensive policy disputes, environmental justice in poor communities of color, and environmental dispute resolution.
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Prof. Lawrence Susskind

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session