POLCY318-19A (HAM)

Global Environmental Politics and Policy

15 Points

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Division of Arts Law Psychology & Social Sciences
School of Social Sciences
Political Science and Public Policy

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: frances.douch@waikato.ac.nz

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Paper Description

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This paper is an introduction to the exciting and important field of global environmental politics and policy. We will look at environmental policy development in the international arena, examining how competing interests, values and a range of actors have shaped the nature of global politics and policy. We will explore contemporary debates on issues of sustainability, social justice, and environmental governance. We will seek to understand the political structures and processes underpinning the search for cooperative solutions to environmental dilemmas such as climate change policy.

To do this, we will engage in a collective project of study, involving lectures and intensive class discussions of course readings and case studies. There are no prerequisites for the course other than an interest in the subject and a willingness to work and participate actively.
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Paper Structure

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This paper is delivered over A semester through two lecture sessions a week. Lecture sessions are interactive involving a combination of formal lectures and active class participation in discussion of readings, films, and cases, as well as an environmental treaty negotiations role play. There are a number of assigned readings for each week.

I view this as an engrossing and important subject.I will do my best to make learning about it interesting, fun, and rewarding by using a variety of learning exercises in class. All of these involve you in some mode of active learning, of learning by doing. My goals for this class are to collectively deepen our understanding of global environmental politics and policy, sharpen our critical thinking skills, improve our ability to write and speak well, and strengthen our capacity to work collaboratively with others.

Please plan on doing the following to ensure you get the most out of this paper:

  • Familiarise yourself with this course outline, course requirements and expectations, and all assessments.
  • Read all assigned materials on time—before coming to class.

Oral and written communication skills are an essential part of education and a pre-requisite to learning about politics, public policy, and public administration.These skills are not only important in this course but will be beneficial in your future career and your role as a citizen.Learning to write well is something only you can do through your own hard work, but there are resources available to assist you.I will be as helpful as I can in providing specific suggestions, comments, and encouragement.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Describe and analyse basic features of environmental policy development in the international arena.
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  • Identify the ways in which local, national and transnational activity, including the work of individuals, intergovernmental organisations, and nongovernmental organisations, affect global environmental politics.
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  • Explain how political and policy challenges posed by environmental problems and sustainable development transform our understandings of citizenship, politics, and regulation.
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  • Use a set of arguments from one reading and apply them to critically analyse a different issue or set of arguments.
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  • Advance a normative position on critical matters of global environmental politics, backing this judgment with sound arguments and evidence.
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  • Work collaboratively with others and demonstrate this skill in group presentations and negotiations.
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  • Demonstrate critical thinking and analytical skills in written essays, tests, presentations and class discussions.
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Assessment

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Attendance and participation are required at every lecture session.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Reading Commentaries
30
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Midterm Test
10 Apr 2019
11:00 AM
20
  • In Class: In Lecture
3. Group Climate Treaty Negotiations Project (25%)
7 May 2019
11:00 AM
25
  • In Class: In Lecture
4. Treaty Negotiation Analysis Paper (Individual)
4 Jun 2019
11:30 PM
25
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
  • Hand-in: Assignment Box
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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1. Nicholson, S. & Wapner, P. (eds) (2015) Global Environmental Politics: From Person to Planet. Paradigm Publishers

2. Additional course readings will be made available via the Waikato Reading List. A link to the Reading List will be posted on the Moodle page for POLCY 318-19A..

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Recommended Readings

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Chasek, P., Downie, D., & Brown, J. 2017. Global Environmental Politics, 7th ed. Westview Press.

Clapp, J. & Dauvergne, P. 2011. Paths to a Green World, 2nd ed. Cambridge: MIT Press.

Dessler, A. & Parson, E. 2006. The Science and Politics of Global Climate Change: A Guide to the Debate. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Klein, Naomi. 2014. This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate. London, New York: Allen Lane.

Mitchell, Ronald. 2010. International Politics and the Environment. London: Sage.

Monbiot, G. 2006. Heat: How to Stop the Planet Burning. London & New York: Allen Lane.

O’Neill, K. 2017. The Environment and International Relations. 2nd ed.Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Princen, T., Maniates, M. & Conca, K. 2002. Confronting Consumption.Cambridge: MIT Press.

Roberts, J.T. and Parks, B.C. 2006. Climate of Injustice: Global Inequality, North-South Politics, and Climate Policy. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2006.

Stevenson, H. (2018). Global Environmental Politics: Problems, Policies and Practice. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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Online Support

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The paper offers online support through Moodle. Moodle is available on the University website. The course outline, all lecture notes, and additional resources are available on the POLCY 318-19A Moodle site. In addition, certain assessments will be required to be submitted electronically through the Moodle site.
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Workload

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In addition to attending classes, students are expected to read assigned materials and complete the course assessment tasks.The expected workload for the paper is an average of about 10 hours per week.

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Restricted papers: POLS318

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