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Fall 2012-2013
ENV 305  

Topics in Environmental Studies - Building American Style: Land-Use Policies and Rules

Deborah E. Popper
Frank J. Popper

Americans have built and preserved an astounding variety of environments. The course examines the evolving complex of incentives and regulations that drove the choices of where and how places developed. It focuses on the emergence of land-use and environmental planning as a way to encourage or discourage growth and to mitigate or intensify its environmental, social, and economic effects.We will examine the latest tools for building and protecting the American landscape. Case studies include Southern California, New Haven, the American Great Plains, and others. Analysis will be from historical, policy-oriented, and predictive perspectives.

Sample reading list:
Robert Fishman (ed.), The American Planning Tradition: Culture and Policy
Rutherford Platt (ed.), The Humane Metropolis: People and Nature in the 21st Century
Douglas Rae, City: Urbanism and its End
D. J. Waldie, Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir
Theodore Steinberg, Down to Earth: Nature's Role in American History

Reading/Writing assignments:
Students will read approximately 200 pages per week; two take-home exams, and a term paper.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Other Exam - 20%
Take Home Mid term Exam - 20%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22713 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm T   Lewis Library   117   Enrolled:12 Limit:17