Environmental Global Perspectives: Institutions, Law, and Policy

Discipline: Semester at Sea Seminars
Instructor: Slaughter
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 15:55
End: 17:10
Field Work: Day 1 - Manaus | Brazil Download Syllabus

How does the presence or absence of environmental laws lead to specific impacts in the United States, the EU, South Africa, and Brazil? This class will begin with an introduction of basic U.S. environmental laws – The Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, NEPA and the Brownfields Act – and compare this U.S. approach to environmental governance in the European Union, South Africa and Brazil. This class would have a Faculty Directed Practicum to meet with environmental decision makers (city or state officials, elected representatives as well as appointed bureaucrats) in each area. We would seek to compare how the presence or absence of specific laws leads to different impacts or consequences in different places.

Field Work

Country: Brazil
Day: 1 - Manaus

We will combine a riverboat cruise along the Rio Negro with a discussion of environmental law by Professor Jose Costa of the University of Sao Paulo, who has worked on laws to protect the Rainforest.