Wikipedia:United States Education Program/Courses/Environmental Law (Aaron Frank)

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Course description[edit]

This is the second part of a two part course examining the basic legal setting for the protection and management of the environment. After learning the major federal statutes and constitutional principles of Environmental Law this course will explore species protection, toxic risk legislation, citizen actions, international law and emerging issues in the field. It discusses how environmental law is made and applied. The course also includes material on economic analysis, scientific and legal causation and expert testimony.

Instructor and Ambassadors[edit]

Campus Ambassadors
Online Ambassadors

Wikipedia Assignment #1[edit]

Due session 1, March 24th

  • Read about WikiProject US Public Policy and see what other Universities are involved in the project
  • Review the "Five Pillars" of Wikipedia
  • Read at the introductory sections of following articles:
  • Create a user account and username
  • Create your user page
  • Create a sandbox and add some sample text in it to get a feel for the wiki code
  • Begin thinking about topics for articles
  • Make five edits to Wikipedia articles (this can be adding a reference, fixing a typo, cleaning up a convoluted sentence, adding a sentence, etc.)

See the Getting Started page for how to create an account, username, sandbox and the basics of editing==Timeline==

Session 1[edit]

March 24, 2011

  • In class
    • Overview of the course
    • Introduction to the Wikipedia part of the course
    • Campus Ambassador introduces Wikipedia and Wikipedia culture/etiquette
      • Basics of editing and how to reference articles
      • Anatomy of Wikipedia articles, what makes a good article, how to distinguish between good & bad articles
      • Tips & recommendations for best articles to work on for the class assignments
    • HANDOUT: "Welcome to Wikipedia" brochure (see resources tab for PDF versions of Wikipedia Help Handouts)
  • Wikipedia Assignment #2 (due session 2, April 14th)
    • Add your name to the course page's list of students (on the WikiProject)
    • To practice the editing features of Wikipedia, leave a message for a few classmates on their user talk pages.
    • Research and list 5 articles on your Wikipedia user page that you will consider working on as your main project. Ask your Online Ambassador mentor for comments.
  • Help with finding stub or starter articles
For starters, you can look through this category and all of its subcategories:
Here's another way to search: go to this category, and look for any links that are colored dark red. You can adjust the threshold size at which links to articles appear dark red in your preferences (under "Appearance", "Threshold for stub link formatting (bytes)").
Here's another way, through the assessment scheme of Wikiproject Environment:

Session 2[edit]

April 14, 2011

  • In class
    • Be prepared to discuss a couple of topic ideas in class. You will have an opportunity to discuss your topics with other classmates and pair up with a project partner. Bring some potential sources to class.
    • HANDOUT: "Moving article from sandbox into main space" handout, "Did You Know nominations" handout (see handouts below).
  • Wikipedia Assignment #3
    • Submit article topic on Wikipedia course page by midnight April 17th.
    • Begin working on your article in your user sandbox or user sub page.
    • Continue research in preparation for expanding your article (due session 3).
    • Begin working with Online Ambassador mentor to polish your short starter article (due session 3).

Session 3[edit]

April 28, 2011

  • In class
    • Campus Ambassador leads Wikipedia lab/workshop.
      • Uploading images onto Wikipedia articles and introduction to free licenses (see handouts below).
      • Q&A session.
  • Wikipedia Assignment #4
    • Submit outline/starter article by May 1st at midnight.
    • Move your sandbox article into Wikipedia's main space (live articles). Due by May 9th

Due by May 12th (Session 4)

    • Begin expanding your article into a comprehensive treatment of the topic.
    • Expand your article into an a comprehensive treatment of the topic.
    • Peer-review and copy-edit another team's articles:
      • Leave suggestions and comments on those classmates' article discussion pages.
      • Revise your article based on peers' feedback.
    • Prepare for in-class presentation about your Wikipedia-editing experiences and the content of your article.

Session 4[edit]

May 12, 2012

  • In class
    • Students give 12 minute in-class presentations about their article topic and their experiences editing Wikipedia.
  • Final Assignments for students


This table will list each article that a student is working on, and which other students will be peer reviewers for the article. I have included some of the projects from the 2011 course as examples.

Article Topics and Student Teams[edit]

(Team #) (Edit Team) Wiki Page(s) 1st Team Member 2nd Team Member Online Mentor(s)
open open Topic. studentusername student username
100 101 Chevron U.S.A Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc. Aarf613 (talk) Jodi.elizabeth (talk) Online Ambassador: Jim Cullen 18:09, 18 March 2011 (UTC)
102 105 California Environmental Quality Act Student C Student D Online mentor is User:Smallman12q
103 104 Entergy v Riverkeeper Student E Student F Online mentor is Jim Cullen
104 103 Babbitt v. Sweet Home Chapter of Communities for a Great Oregon Student G Student H Online mentor is Jim Cullen
105 102 San Francisco Mandatory Recycling and Composting Ordinance Student I Student J Online mentor is Jim Cullen
106 101 2008 California Statewide Truck and Bus Rule Student K Student L Online mentor is Jim Cullen
1 8 Habitat Conservation Plan: Endangered Species Act, Section 10(a)(1)(B) jamccrory hmocabee
2 6 Climate change litigation and the California Environmental Quality Act leyoon Ssoqo
3 4 Save the Plastic Bag Coalition v City of Manhatten Beach, et al. bkkperkins rlitzky
4 3 Lux v. Haggin ballieau1 varosauro
5 7 Environmental Defense v. Duke Energy Corp. ymauricia chasercm
6 2 People of the State of California, ex rel. et al v. Federal Housing Finance Agency, et al nwatmore cklee14
7 5 Criteria Air Pollutants rrosa3005 ellejean
8 1 General Agreement on Tarrifs and Trade (GATT) and the Dolphin-Tuna Issue jacox235 jdrompf

Article banners

To mark each article the subject of a student project, add the following code at the top of the talk page for each article: {{ WAP assignment | course = Wikipedia:United States Education Program/Courses/Environmental Law (Aaron Frank) | university = University of San Francisco | term = 2012 Q1 | project = WikiProject United States Public Policy }} That will result in the following banner (and make the articles easy to track):


Wikipedia contributions will be graded as follows (these numbers represent percentages of total course grade):

  • 5% cumulative: Participation grade for early Wikipedia exercises (sessions 1, 2, and 3)
  • 5%: Peer reviews and collaboration with classmates
  • 15%: Presentation
  • 30%: Quality of main Wikipedia contributions.


Add your username to the list here using the format for Example User below: