International relations

Global Politics of the Environment

Module code: L7086
Level 4
15 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Workshop
Assessment modes: Coursework, Essay

On this module, you’ll critically analyse the actors and issues implicated in the key debates of global environmental politics. You’ll engage with competing theoretical perspectives about the drivers of and solutions to environmental crises, conflicts and injustices.

The module offers insight into the tensions that constitute the struggle to define our relationship with the environment. It addresses empirical case studies such as climate change, energy, and waste. You’ll gain an understanding of key dynamics and actors in environmental debates – from governments, transnational corporations and international institutions, to civil society organisations and environmental justice movements.

Module learning outcomes

  • Understand the potential and limits of different theoretical approaches for explaining the global politics of the environment.
  • Understand the global politics of key issues (such as climate change)
  • Comprehend the role of key actors in causing and addressing environmental crises and conflicts.
  • Conduct academic research on, analyse and communicate knowledge of an issue of global environmental politics.