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Module Title LM Global Environmental Governance
Department Political Sci & Intern'tl Stud
Module Code 08 26173
Module Lead Dr Eleni Vezirgiannidou
Level Masters Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 2
Restrictions None
Description Global environmental problems like biodiversity loss and climate change have been gaining in political salience in recent years. In particular, the ability of humans to alter fundamental parts of the ecosystem on which they depend is becoming increasingly acknowledged and calls for mitigating these influences are strengthening. Within this context, this course examines the variety of environmental problems and their causes to date, with an emphasis on the politics of cooperation/governance in the environmental sphere. It covers the topic broadly to examine the different effects of environmental deterioration on human prosperity, the variety and different challenges posed by different environmental problems with other important areas of international politics, such as security, development and trade. There is a strong emphasis on institutions and governance structures, as well as important actors that shape the politics of governance in this important global politics issue.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Explain with critical reflection the different and varied environmental problems and their consequences for human prosperity on a global level;
  • Assess critically the role of the actors, structures and institutions involved in providing governance in global environmental affairs;
  • Critically assess the level of success in dealing with global environmental problems;
  • Evaluate critically the contribution of theoretical approaches to the understanding of environmental governance.
Assessment 26173-02 : 1000 word essay : Coursework (25%)
26173-04 : 2500 word review : Coursework (75%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessment: 1 x 1000 word review (25%) 1 x 2500 word essay (75%)
Reassessment: resit of failed piece or pieces of assessment
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