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International Environmental Politics

9020

Créditos: 6 ECTS

Segundo semestre

Asignaturas optativas de Especialidad

Inglés

Profesorado

Descripción

The environment has been a major topic in international relations for nearly half a century now. Typically of a cross-border nature, environmental problems have been identified as a quintessential policy area for international cooperation –interests, ideas and institutions play out at the international arena that shape the who gets what in this domain. This has been particularly so for the last four decades and a half, as the 1972 UN Conference on the Human Environment (Stockholm) is usually taken as the first significant instance of global environmental diplomacy. Since then, states, intergovernmental organizations, businesses, NGOs and scientists all deploy considerable resources to foster, influence or derail negotiations on international agreements regarding climate change, biodiversity, bio-safety, acid rain, stratospheric ozone, desertification, trade in endangered species, hazardous wastes, whales, the Antarctic, or marine pollution, among other environmental issues.

This course addresses both the analytical and empirical components of international environmental politics. Sessions are designed to link the analytical and conceptual discussion (the study of actors, power, interests, institutions, ideas, etc.) with the presentation of specific international negotiations, conferences and regimes. Core readings have been selected to fit this purpose.

The course is offered in two different formats. On the one hand, it is the core course for the MIR pathway on International Environmental Policy. Under this option, the group meets for 18 sessions, totalling 6 ECTS (3 credits of lectures plus 3 of seminars). On the other hand, it can be taken as an elective by any other student of the other MA programmes offered at IBEI, for 12 selected sessions (4 ECTS, 3 of lectures plus 1 of seminars).

Evaluación

Class as a pathway core course

Out of a grand total of 6 ECTS credits, 3 will consist in traditionallectures (9sessions)that will cover key analytical and empirical issues. These 9 lectures will be attended by all students (those taking the class as a core pathway course and those taking it as an elective). You are expected to read the material before handand contribute to the discussion in an informed way.

6 of the seminar sessions will only be attended by pathway students. These sessions will begin with a short presentation of the general topic under review and then will give way to a debate. Students are expected to actively participate in such debates and address both their empirical and analytical angles. One way in which they will do so is by way of a series of note cards. Each student will take a policy issue of his/her choice at the beginning of the course (say, biodiversity) and then explore it under the different lenses offered in each of these 6 sessions. He or she will then write down a brief note card about how the topics addressed that day apply to his or her issue area. Readings will be provided for these seminars.

3 of the seminar sessions will be attended both by elective and pathway students. These three sessions will consist in a debate over questions posed by me, on a topic addressed in a more general way in a previous lecture. Students will look for information and literature themselves (no readings suggested) to address the issues raised by each question. A short quiz will be distributed to be completed in the last 15 minutes of the session.

Each session has an average of approximately 50 pages of readings, as recommended by IBEI. A number of them come from the book referenced below, which can act as a companion for the entire course. Students are advised to get hold of one copy of the book. The rest of the readings will be available at campus virtual. Book: Betsill, Michele M., Hochstetler, Kathryn, and Stevis, Dimitris (eds) (2014), Advances in International Environmental Politics, Palgrace Macmillan.

The final grade will depend on three different components:

  • One short essay (10%). Each student will write a 1000 words essay on the topic of one lecture session. Essays and topics will be assigned at the beginning of the course. Students who have been allocated a session are expected to lead the debate in that session by posing questions and otherwise contributing actively to the discussion.
  • Quizzes at the end of the 3 pathway+elective seminars (10%).
  • Note cards and participation at seminar sessions (30%; 20+10). (Best 4 note cards out of 6 possible ones).
  • Final exam (50%).

 

Class as an elective course

Out of a total of 4 ECTS credits, 3 will consist in traditional lectures (9 sessions) in which key analytical and empirical issues will be presented. These 9 lectures will be attended by all students (those taking the class as a core pathway course and those taking it as an elective alike). You are expected to read the material before hand and contribute to the discussion in an informed way. The other 1 ECTS is organized around 3 seminar sessions. These seminar sessions (both for elective and pathway students) will consist in a debate over questions posed by me, on a topic addressed in a more general way in a previous lecture. Students will look for information and literature themselves (no readings suggested) to address the issues raised by each question. A short quiz will be distributed to be completed in the last 15 minutes of the session.

Each session has an average of approximately 50 pages of readings, as recommended by IBEI. A number of them come from the book referenced below, which can act as a companion for the entire course. Students are advised to get hold of one copy of the book. The rest of the readings will be available at campus virtual. Book: Betsill, Michele M., Hochstetler, Kathryn, and Stevis, Dimitris (eds) (2014), Advances in International Environmental Politics, Palgrace Macmillan.

The final grade will depend on three different components:

  • Two short essays (30%; 15+15). Each student will write a 1000 words essay on the topic of two lecture sessions. Essays and topics will be assigned at the beginning of the course. Students who have been allocated a session are expected to lead the debate in that session by posing questions and otherwise contributing actively to the discussion.
  • Participation (10%).
  • Quizzes at the end of the 3 seminars (10%).
  • Final exam (50%).

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