Environmental Politics Seminar A  (3400602)
Japanese
Department of Social and Human Environment
Course  :  Master's Course
Subject Type  :  Type 2 Subject
Instructor  :  Professor NOMURA, Ko
Credits  :  2
Semester  :  Spring
Class schedule  :  Mon.   5th
Classroom  :  C445/Main Building for Inter-Departmental Education
 
Objective
【Aims】
The aim of this seminar is to provide an overview of the emerging field of environmental politics, and developing a critical perspective on the political aspect of environmental issues.

【Learning outcomes】
Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
* have a basic understanding of key environmental issues and their political aspects.
* develop a critical perspective on the political aspect embedded in environmental issues.

【DP】
DP2
Contents
■The first session will be held on 20/April. This seminar will be online. Details (such as the Zoom URL) will be given via the NUCT.

【Contents】
This is a seminar in environmental politics.
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. This may be rephrased as a question of whether democracy is compatible with environmental conservation. In addition, scientific knowledge, which environmental decision-making relies on, is not free from political influence.

In this seminar, students will study the history of the environmental movement in order to familiarise themselves with environmental issues at large, as well as various actors/institutions/ideas involved in environmental politics.

The basic schedule is as follows, covering approximately one topic per week.

1. The Conservation/Preservation Movement
2. The Ecology Movement(1)
3. The Ecology Movement(2)  
4. The Animal Protection Movement
5. The Anti-pollution Movement in Japan
6. The ‘Amenity’/Local Conservation Movement
7. The Environmental Justice Movement
8. International Environmental Politics (1)
9. International Environmental Politics (2)

All participants are required to attend the guidance session on research ethics conducted as part of this seminar.

【Preparation/Review】
This is a seminar module. Its success and your achievement will depend upon your knowledge of the readings, your readiness to participate in discussion, and the quality of your oral and written work.

<Student Requirements>
* Weekly readings should be done prior to each session.
* Students are expected to contribute to seminar discussions regularly. This requires that you come to the seminar prepared to discuss in detail the assigned readings and key questions for each session provided in the reading list.

Grading Criteria
Assessment is based on coursework (100%).
Course Textbook
A reading list will be provided in the first week.
Recommended Reference Books, Other Study Material, and notes
A reading list will be provided in the first week.
Language in class
▪ Presentation & Materials : Japanese and English
▪ Oral explanations : Japanese and English
▪ Questions in English : Available
e-mail address / Tel No / Room of Instructor(s)
E-mail:nomura.ko@a.mbox.nagoya-u.ac.jp / Tel:052-747-6507/ Room: 418, North Building for Liberal Arts and Sciences
 
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