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CEE 611/PSC 603/NRES 612 Environmental Law

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This course is offered online only during the summer session. View upcoming offerings on 365 Learning.

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Examination of current federal laws, rules and regulations concerning the environment. Emphasis on court decisions and interpretations of the law.

About the Course

The course provides students with a broad pragmatic understanding of environmental law and related institutions. It covers the major environmental legislation at the state, regional, and national levels, and reviews the legal process, how laws are implemented, and the impact of environmental regulations. The course provides a background for understanding how the framework of environmental regulations evolves over time and critical legislation.

Learning Objectives

On successful completion of the course, the student should have developed competency in the following areas:

  • A general understanding of the environmental law framework in the United States
  • Knowledge of the how environmental law becomes implemented
  • Understanding of the lexicon of environmental law
  • Application of the material to understand the impact on society


Derek Kauneckis, Ph.D.,

Derek Kauneckis is an associate professor of political science at the University of Nevada Reno. He is the co-author of Evaluating transferable development rights at Lake Tahoe and Tahoe Regional Planning Agency: The evolution of collaboration. He has published peer reviewed articles in Environmental Management, Natural Resources Journal, Studies in Comparative International Development, Environmental Policy and Planning, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, International Journal of Organizational Theory and Behavior, and chapters in Integrated Science Plan for the Lake Tahoe basin, The Encyclopedia of American Government and Civics, and Governing America: Major Policies and Decisions of Federal, State, and Local Government from 1789 to the Present. His research interests include environmental policy, property rights theory, public policy analysis, local governance, science and technology policy, and climate change adaption and mitigation policy.

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