ISS-4229 Global Environmental Politics Code Weight of the course Period Course Leader Lecturer Teaching Methods Modes of Assessment Contact ISS-4229 8 ECTS TERM 2 Murat Arsel Murat Arsel, Bram Buscher, Andrew Fischer, Wendy Harcourt Participatory Lecture, Workshop Assignment(s): 35% (Individual Essay), Written Exam: 50%, Group Presentation: 15% Nalini Harnam Learning Objectives This course provides a comprehensive overview of global environmental changes and their political implications. After completing it, students will be able to: Critically interrogate the creation and resolution of global environmental problems such as climate change Understand the ways in which global environmental problems are fundamentally grounded in social, economic and political relations; Evaluate the changing relationships between the modern nation-state system, global capitalism and the environment; Analyse key policy documents produced by organizations such as UNEP and WTO on global environmental politics, assessing their validity and usefulness for policy making; Develop in-depth understanding of various environmental problems relating to mining, oil extraction and industrial development and their place in global environmental politics Course Description Why is so little being done to address global environmental problems such as climate change, deforestation, and biodiversity loss? How should developing countries contribute to their resolution? What can individuals and alternative social forces do to tackle global environmental problems? This course provides answers to these and other similar questions at the heart of global environmental politics. The course is constructed around the tension between the sovereignty of nation-states and the need to achieve global socioeconomic justice. We start by discussing the ‘environmental justice’ literature as an attempt to make sense of this enduring tension. Then we critically evaluate the role played by a number of key actors in global environmental governance such as UNEP, WTO, IPCC, civil society organizations and corporations and take an in-depth look at various contemporary issues, such as population, mining, geo-engineering, biotechnology and renewable energy. Finally, we discuss the suggestion that global environmental governance is increasingly taking the shape of ‘environmental colonialism’. We pay particular attention to the ways in which the existence of a global system of capitalism affects our understanding of environmental issues and proposed solutions and try to identify and (re)conceptualize alternative solutions to global environmental problems. Indicative Readings Beck, Ulrich (1995) Ecological Politics in an Age of Risk. Cambridge, MA: Polity Clapp, J and P. Dauvergne (2005) Paths to a Green World: The Political Economy of the Global Environment. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. Jasanoff , S. and M.L. Martello (eds) (2004) Earthly Politics: Local and Global in Environmental Governance. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. Lipschutz, R.D. (2004) Global Environmental Politics: Power, Perspectives, and Practice. Washington, DC: CQ Press Ramachandra G. and J. Martinez-Alier (1998) Varieties of Environmentalism: Essays North and South. London: Earthscan.