Theory and Practice of Biodiversity Conservation

Section 1, Spring 23

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 2/8
Credits: 3
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • T
  • 1530-1815
  • TBA
01/23/2023 04/28/2023
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

This course will be jointly offered in the Law School and the Department of Environmental Sciences and co-taught by faculty from the Law School, the Department of Environmental Sciences, and the McIntyre School of Commerce. The class will start out examining legal, scientific, and policy frameworks related to conservation and restoration of species and ecosystems through a series of case studies taught by faculty. These case studies will focus on critical decisions related to biodiversity conservation and the scientific, political, economic legal, and other factors that come in to play in making such decisions. Over the course of these case studies, we will examine a variety of conservation tools, including regulations, incentive programs, markets, land conservation, and others. The class room component of the class will consist of fourth year undergraduates and law students. The primary work product for students will be a case study that serves as the basis for a written paper and a presentation to the rest of the class. Law students will work in teams on this case study under the supervision of Professor Szeptycki. Law students taking the course do not need any background in science or economics.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Final Type (if any): None
Description: None

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Over the course of the semester, students will work in groups, under the supervision of faculty, to develop and present their own case studies.

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes: This course is cross-listed with Environmental Sciences Dept. and the McIntire School of Commerce to meet in Robertson Hall 258. Moreover, the schedule of the class will adhere to the academic calendar of the College, not the Law School's academic calendar.

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level writing requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

Schedule No.
Law No.
Modified Type
Cross Listed: Yes
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic: EVSC 4991
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Friday, April 21, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Sunday, April 30, 11:59 PM