I am a believer in sharing intellectual capital and have been the benefactor of others professors’ generosity. If you are interested in having a look at the syllabi, please email me. For those of you teaching environmental politics, I highly recommend the gep-ed google group, which is a fantastic resource for research and teaching.
I currently teach three courses in the Environmental Studies Department. They are:
Global Environmental Politics: Examines the law, politics and policy surrounding global environmental challenges, and their relationship to other issues in world politics. The course provides a broad overview of the key concepts, actors, debates and issues in global environmental politics. It examines models of environmental degradation, and the actors and institutions of global environmental politics to understand how environmental problems are created, law is made, and policy is implemented. In short, in the course we ask, “who solves global environmental problems and how?” It then turns to understanding the conditions under which environmental lawmaking is successful, and the role of science in that process. The final section of the course applies the tools and concepts we have covered to the problem of climate change.
The Planet’s Last Frontiers: There are more than 7 billion people on the planet. And yet, there are still places where people rarely tread: the high seas, the deep seabed and Antarctica do not belong to any nation. How do we, as a global community, protect these areas? What international laws are in place and are they working? This class will examine the law, policy and environmental challenges surrounding the planet’s last frontiers.
Environmental Activism: This course examines how environmental activists try to change the world. We examine advocacy on scales from the global to the local, and tactics ranging from conventional lobbying to eco-sabotage. We ask why activists choose the issues they do, how they seek to effect change, and whether and why they are successful at doing so. The inquiry is grounded in several approaches to activism: international relations theories of non-state actors, sociological study of social movements, and various radical approaches. We begin with a survey of these theoretical approaches, so that students can be conversant in the basic theory and vocabulary of activism. We then examine the growing role of activism in local and global politics amidst the broader trend of globalization. The course will examine four “big questions” with respect to environmental activism: 1) When do activists mobilize? 2) What tactics do they use? 3) What explains success and failure in advocacy? 4) What are the broader political implications of a global class of elite advocates?