Environmental Politics (3400485)
Department of Social and Human Environment
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Professor NOMURA, Ko
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Environmental problems are as political as they are scientific, economic, and aesthetic. For example, they present serious choices in decision-making, not only about what is to be done, but also about how it gets done.
The aim of this lecture course is to provide an overview of environmental politics.
Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
* have a basic understanding of key concepts, ideas, issues and theories in environmental politics.
* understand the major debates and controversies in the discipline of environmental politics.
■The first session will be held on 20/April. This course will be delivered online. Details (such as the Zoom URL) will be given via the NUCT.
This lecture course consists of three parts: (1) environmental political thought, (2) comparative environmental politics, and (3) international environmental politics.
The first part introduces students to key concepts, ideas and ideologies in environmental politics.
The second part provides students with a basic understanding of key actors in environmental politics, such as NGOs and political parties, especially at the national level.
The third part introduces students to the international dimensions of environmental politics, such as the politics of international environmental cooperation.
There are no required readings for this course, but students are encouraged to read the recommended material(s) below and apply what they learn in the classroom (e.g. theories) to various environmental and political settings for further understanding of it.
A final examination or essay (50%) and participation (50%). The latter includes attendance and active involvement in class discussion and pair work.
The course withdrawal system does not apply to this course. If your attendance rate is less than 50%, you shall be considered “absent”for the course.
There is no single textbook that we will follow throughout the semester; however, the book recommended below will be helpful in understanding many of the topics covered in the course.
Recommended Reference Books, Other Study Material, and notes
Carter, N. (2018)The Politics of the Environment: Ideas, Activism, Policy, 3rd ed. Cambridge:Cambridge University Press. (or its second edition published in 2007).
Other readings will be recommended in class.
The language of instruction is English for the academic year 2020.
Language in class
▪ Presentation & Materials : English only
▪ Oral explanations : English only
▪ Questions in English : Available
e-mail address / Tel No / Room of Instructor(s)
E-mail：email@example.com / Tel：052-747-6507/ Room： 418, North Building for Liberal Arts and Sciences