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10/28/2020 10:54:13 AMNRM 80 Course Outline as of Fall 2015

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CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  NRM 80Title:  ENV POLICY  
Full Title:  Environmental Policy for Resource Managers
Last Reviewed:3/9/2015

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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A study of major state and federal, environmental policies and how they affect natural  resource managers. Students will examine the making and implementation of laws and regulations that help frame natural  resource management decisions on the local level.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
Description: Untitled document
A study of major state and federal, environmental policies and how they affect natural  resource managers. Students will examine the making and implementation of laws and regulations that help frame natural  resource management decisions on the local level.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
 Area:
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2015Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Certificate Applicable Course



COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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1.  Explain the rationale for environmental policies to manage, protect and/or restore air, water, soil, wildlife, ecosystems, and  human health.
2.  Describe major federal and state legislation regarding environmental policy.
3.  Develop skills necessary to succesfully communicate with legislators, and government regulators, wildlife and land managers.
 

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Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
1. Identify and explain key federal and state laws that implement environmental policy.
2. Describe major federal and state environmental agencies.
3. Explain resource management issues frame policy and how policy frames resource management issues.
4. Communicate with policy makers and implementers on resource management issues and develop written and oral communication skills to discuss issues with legislators, government regulators, wildlife and land managers.
5. Analyze and develop environmental policies to better understand the  problems they are intended to remedy and to determine potential benefits, weaknesses and costs.

Topics and Scope
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I. Introduction to Environmental Policy
  A. Purposes
  B. Types
   C. History
II. Federal and state regulators
   A. Identify relevant federal and state agencies
       1.  US  Army Corps of Engineers
       2.  US Environmental Protection Agency
       3.  US Fish and Wildlife Service
       4.  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
       5.  Natural Resource Conservation Service
       6.  California department of Fish and Wildlife
       7.  California Environmental Protection Agency
       8   State Air Resources Board
       9.  State Water Resources Control Board
      10. Regional Water Quality Control Board
      11. Department of Pesticides Control
      12. Coastal Commission
      13. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
   B. Key environmental policy laws
       1.  Endangered Species Act (ESA)
       2.  Clean Water Act
       3.  Clean Air Act
       4. The Farm Bill
       5.  State Porter Cologne Act
       6.  Toxic Substance Control Act
       7.  Wild and Scenic Rivers Act
       8.  AB 32
       9.   Williamson Act
      10.  CEQA/NEPA
      11.  National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA)
      12.  Calfornia Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
III. Key Players in environmental policy
    A.  Non-governmental organizationsNGOs
    B. Press
    C. Public
    D. Economic interests
    E. Legislators
    F. Courts
    G. Stakeholders
IV. Science of Environmental Policy
    A. Endangered Species Act listing and recovery processes
    B. EIR (Environmental Impact Statement)/EIS (Environmental Impact Report)
    C. CEQA/NEPA
V. Water Policy in California
   A. History
   B. Current
   C. Future
VI. Market based Environmental Policy
    A. Cap and Trade
    B. Taxes, tax credit
    C. Government investment
VII Conservation and Preservation Strategies   
     A. Williamson Act
    B. Community Forests
    C. Marine refuges and sanctuaries
    D. Grant programs
VIII Environmental Compliance
      A. Communication Papers
      B. Research
IX. Future trends in Environmental Policy
    A. Climate change
    B. Local issues

Assignments:
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1. 4 Quizzes based on readings and lectures.
2. Average 20 pages of reading per week.
3. Participation in simulated environmental policy bill development.
4. 3-5 written reports; four pages in length.
5. Letter of support or opposition to environmental policy.
6. Attend and report on 1 meeting of California Department of Forest and Fire Protection, Regional Water Quality Control Board, or other agencies as approved by instructor.
7. Final exam.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
40 - 50%
Written reports. Letter of support or opposition to environmental policy.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
20 - 30%
Participation in simulated environmental policy bill development.
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
None
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
20 - 30%
Quizzes and final; multiple choice, true/false, short answer
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%
None


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Nash, Jonathan, R. Essentials of Environmental Law and Policy, Aspen Publshers, New York, 2010 (Classic)
Instructor prepared materials

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