This introductory level course will help students understand the key “human” relationships in coupled natural and human systems. This will include understanding how the environment is affected by relationships among legal, political, and management players – including legislatures, administrative agencies, courts, federal, state, and local governments, nonprofit, private, and public stakeholders. We will explore key events and issues in the history of U.S. environmental law and policy and then analyze how those have impacted management practices. With historical perspective in context, we will explore current issues and project what the future landscape of environmental law, policy, and management might look like. Frequent case studies of varying scale (local, regional, international) will be used to examine the major theme and questions.