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12/6/2021 4:23:28 PMNRM 80 Course Outline as of Fall 2021

Changed Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  NRM 80Title:  ENV POLICY  
Full Title:  Environmental Policy for Resource Managers
Last Reviewed:1/25/2021

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 or appropriate placement based on AB705 mandates

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 or appropriate placement based on AB705 mandates
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: Both Certificate and Major Applicable



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 successfully communicate with legislators, government regulators, wildlife and land managers.
 

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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 vice versa.
4. Develop written and oral communication skills to discuss issues with legislators, government regulators, wildlife and land managers.
5. Develop environmental policies and analyze their potential benefits 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.  National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA)
         11.  California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
III. Communication with Key Players in Environmental Policy
    A. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
    B. Press
    C. Public and private partners
    D. Legislators
    E. Courts
IV. Science of Environmental Policy
    A. Endangered Species Act listing and recovery processes
    B. Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report
    C. CEQA/NEPA
V. Water Policy in California
    A. History
    B. Current trends and challenges
    C. Future policy needs
VI. Market Based Environmental Policy
    A. Cap and Trade
    B. Taxes, tax credit
    C. Government investment
    D. Environmental compliance
VII. Future Trends in Environmental Policy
    A. Climate change
    B. Local issues
    C. Research

Assignments:
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1. Four to five quizzes
2. Weekly reading (20-30 pages)
3. One simulated environmental policy project
4. Three to five written reports (4-5 pages)
5. One written letter of support or opposition to environmental policy (1-2 pages)
6. One report on local environmental policy meeting (3-4 pages)
7. One 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%
Report on local environmental policy meeting, 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%
Simulated environmental policy project
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 exam
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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Essentials of Environmental Law and Policy. Nash, Jonathan. Aspen Publshers. 2010 (classic)
Instructor prepared materials

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