Examines how, when, and why human communities succeed in conserving environmental commons. Using a marine lens and taking a social-ecological systems approach, this course will provide foundations in environmental governance while examining case studies from local to global scale. Utilizes lecture, discussion, group work, literature, film, guest speakers, and class projects to study environmental problems and their solutions, including the student's personal role in governing natural resources. Fulfills intermediate social science requirement for ENVS major. Recommended prerequisite: ENVS 1000.