Courses

Members of the Pace Academy staff also serve as faculty for the University.  Professors Land, Cronin and Revkin teach an array of courses and also work one-on-one with students through theses advisement, research assistantships and independent study.

[UG = undergraduate; G = graduate]

ENV 297A/MCA297F
Environmental Policy and Practice Clinic (J. Cronin, M. Land, A. Revkin) UG
The Environmental Clinic is a program of intensive civic engagement where student clinicians, in a team setting, work as professional environmental policy practitioners under the supervision of faculty from Pace Academy of Applied Environmental Studies, and in consultation with faculty from across Pace schools and colleges. Their primary responsibility is to design and implement policy reforms for real world environmental issues by representing “client,” non-profit organizations from the community and region. Students will learn the essential civic-engagement skills necessary to serve their client organizations, such as legal, political and communication skills training, legislative history research, preparation of hearing testimony, oral and written presentations, new release writing, bill drafting, lobbying and its requirements, the role of non-profits and movement, and use of social media and technology-based methods of influencing public opinion.  More.

ENV 215
Foundations of Environmental Law for Non-Lawyers (M. Land) UG
This course offers students an introduction to American environmental law. The first two weeks will provide the student with a basic introduction to the legal process, sources of law, and the anatomy of a case brief. Students will be presented with an overview of how the United States legal system works at the local, state, and national levels. The majority of the semester will be focused on the foundations for environmental law. The history of the environmental movement will be discussed as well as development of laws that affect environmental issues. Throughout the course, we will consider the roles of individuals and nonprofit organizations in the administrative and litigation processes. Students will become acquainted with specific environmental laws, enforcement, and methods for compliance.

ENV 296O
Environmental Roots and Rights (J. Cronin) UG, Honors College
An immersion in the role of activism and environmentalism in the evolution of American democracy, culminating in a mock hearing where undergraduates present testimony on an environmental controversy before a judge.

ENS 624
Environmental Policy (M. Land) G
Understanding the complex adaptive systems of environmental impairment and protection is an interdisciplinary effort that converges in the study of environmental policy. This course examines environmental politics and its underlying ethical considerations with an emphasis on the American political system. Students will receive a broad introduction to key concepts, actors, stakeholders, and issues related to environmental policymaking. Course material focuses on the role of government organizations- at the federal, state, and local level- institutional processes, and nongovernmental entities. Throughout the semester, we will discuss substantive environmental policy issues, such as water and air pollution, waste and biodiversity; land us, climate change, and population. At the conclusion of the semester, students should have an understanding of the historical, cultural, institutional, and ideological forces shaping environmental policy and regulations in the United States.

MCA 696M
Blogging a Better Planet (A. Revkin) G 
Students will dive into the blogosphere and World Wide Web, exploring how this evolving, interactive means of sharing and shaping ideas can build a brand, create a collaborative globe-spanning community, challenge traditional media, or spark the kinds of innovations that could make the world a better place. They will also learn how blogs can create insular ideological bubbles, foment hatred, and spread myths and falsehoods. They will learn how to be online communication innovators tipping the balance toward progress.
 

MCA 655
Producing the Documentary (A. Revkin) G
Students research, write, produce and edit a documentary, adopting different roles in its production and learn the complexity of telling a visual story. Topics focus on the intersecting issues of environment, culture and biodiversity on a fast-growing planet.  Students have produced a series of prize-winning short documentaries on sustainable use of the world’s living resources shot and created by the students.  Co-taught with Maria Luskay, Media and Communication Arts.

¡Viva la Tortuga! Meshing Conservation and Culture in Magdalena Bay (2013)


Battle Behind the Bottle (2012)


Linda Thornton: Seeking Sustainability, One Shrimp at a Time (2011)