Beyond Plastic Pollution (APA2334.01)

Judith Enck

Beyond Plastic Pollution is an environmental policy course with an emphasis on taking public action to address the problem. The class will focus on the production, use and disposal of plastics, with a focus on environmental justice. The class will examine the systemic reasons why millions of tons of plastic enter rivers and oceans each year. This cutting edge class will examine how plastic pollution is a climate change issue; how the plastics industry spins the myth that we can recycle our way out of the problem; health impacts, alternatives to plastics and most importantly, what you can do to take action. The latest local, state and national legislative proposals will be closely examined. This will be a particularly useful class for those who want to tackle this issue in their own community, on their own campus, state and nation.


Learning Outcomes:
Students will learn the details of this multi-faceted high profile environmental issue.
Students will learn how a bill becomes law.
Students will learn about the latest policy proposals to address the problem.
Students will learn how to write a letter to the editor and get it published.
Students will update their social media skills.


Delivery Method: Remotely accessible
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 1
W 7:00PM - 8:50PM (1st seven weeks)
Maximum Enrollment: 125
Course Frequency: Every Term

Categories: All courses , Advancement of Public Action , Remotely Accessible
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