Law 315 - Topics in Legal History: Environmental Legal History

The objectives of the seminar are to expose students to diverse literatures in legal and environmental history, to ask students to think critically and constructively about the role of law in society, to provide a forum for discussion around assigned readings, and to provide students with an opportunity to develop research and writing skills.

This seminar will provide students with an opportunity to explore the role of law in the formation of human relationships with the natural world. It will focus on the management and regulation of the human use of natural resources in a variety of historical contexts, but particularly in late nineteenth and early twentieth century British Columbia. Through the readings and class discussion students will explore a number of recurring themes, including the transformation from customary rules that governed access to local resources to state enforced laws.

Course Outline and Syllabus 2005 (pdf)