Department of Political Science


Environmental Politics

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N/A (Department of Political Science)


One 3,000 word essay

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About this course

This course introduces students to the major themes and theories in the study of global environmental politics. The emphasis is on developing a holistic understanding of environmental governance by drawing on a range of social science disciplines, including political science, law and sociology. 

The course will present key theories and the principles and concepts underlying environmental policy. It introduces the main stakeholders (both state and non-state actors) and institutions that play a part in environmental governance today. We will also examine the relationship between the environment and international development through the lens of environmental justice and consider the concept of environmental security. 

Case studies of ozone protection, climate change, international forest politics and biodiversity will be relied upon to ground theoretical concepts. By the end of the course, students will be familiar with the main issues in the field of (international) environmental politics and policy; be able to critically appraise theoretical approaches and will be able to interpret and assess the ways in which the international community has reacted to global environmental problems.

By the end of the course, students will have:

  • Acquired an in-depth knowledge of the main issues in the field of global environmental politics and policy;
  • Analysed the role of the main institutional actors in the development, implementation and enforcement of global environmental agreements;
  • Critically engaged with theoretical approaches to the study of global environmental politics;
  • Formulated theoretically and empirically informed policy analysis on global environmental trends.

*Please note this course will not be running in 2018/19