Property, Social Justice, and the Environment (20202). 2 or 3 units. Private property is sometimes cast as the villain in social and environmental problems, but sometimes it is cast as the solution to the same problems. This seminar will explore the relationship of property to social and environmental concerns in the context of several past and present controversies over property rights. We will begin with some basic theories about the “commons” problem and the ways that property rights do or do not address that problem. Time permitting, other topics will include: land rights for squatters in less developed countries (primarily Latin American, Africa); land reform and development projects (primarily less developed countries); wildlife and fisheries management (global); water management (United States, Asia, Latin America); tradable pollution rights (United States); carbon trading schemes (particularly for tropical forest maintenance) (global, tropical areas); free market environmentalism and private land use restrictions (conservationist or exclusionary?) (United States and global); and indigenous land claims and claims to intellectual property (global). While we will search for common themes about the range, capacities and limitations of property regimes, theoretical purity should not be expected in this overview; moreover, topics may change in response to particular student interest. The class will meet twice weekly during the first seven to eight weeks of the term. Paper required; may be reflective (2 units) or research (3 units). Enrollment limited to fifteen. C.M. Rose.