GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS

POL2GEP

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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject introduces students to the major areas of contestation in global environmental politics. It maps the emerging global framework for addressing environmental problems and examines the key claims of environmental movements and their critics. This involves examining the main environmental controversies in the Australian and global contexts, including climate change, biotechnology, energy generation, whaling, forests, water, and the tensions between trade liberalisation and environmental protection. The main premise of the subject is to demonstrate the ways in which emerging environmental actors, interests and agendas challenge the basic norms and institutions of a system of global governance underpinned by sovereign states and global economic institutions.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorBen Habib

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 15 credit points of any first year Politics subject and 15 credit points of any Humanities and Social Sciences subject, or subject coordinator's approval

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects POL3GEP

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsGlobal Environmental PoliticsRecommendedPorter, G, Brown, J. and Chasek, P.S 20105TH EDITION, BOULDER: WESTVIEW PRESS
ReadingsGreen Planet BluesRecommendedConca, K. and Dabelko, G.D. (eds.) 20104TH EDITION, BOULDER, CO: WESTVIEW PRESS
ReadingsThe Politics of the Environment: Ideas, Activism, PolicyRecommendedCarter, N 20072ND EDITION CAMBRIDGE: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Written work that demonstrates a broad understanding and critical evaluation of the different institutional responses to global ecological problems

Activities:
Take-home exam

02. Written work that demonstrates a broad understanding of the different ways in which new environmental issues, actors, interests and agendas have challenged the basic norms and institutions of global governance

Activities:
Research Essay

03. Written work that demonstrates a broad understanding of the diverse claims of the modern environment movement

Activities:
Research Essay, Take-home exam

04. Written work that demonstrates a broad understanding of the main environmental issues in global politics and their lines of contestation

Activities:
Research Essay, Take-home exam

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