Surveys development of international environmental consciousness from 1960s to present. Models of "green development"; ways in which norms for resource use have entered global politics. Patterns of state compliance with international environmental agreements, and why states fall short of meeting their international obligations. Offered: jointly with ENVIR 360/SCAND 350.
This course challenges students to think critically about the global environment. How and when did the commons become threatened? Who leads? Which societies have made a paradigm shift, and which are lagging behind? What are the economic opportunities and costs of global warming? Is there an emerging 'climate justice' norm? What are the patterns of global governance and who are the norm entrepreneurs?
Student learning goals
Students will know the role of Scandinavian scientists and policy entrepreneurs in climate change policy
Students can compare and contrast past and present approaches to managing the commons
Alternative degrees of urgency in world politics will be explored
International regimes are compared and contrasted across issue-areas in global environmental politics
The role of markets and greening of capitalism (connections between) are reviewed
General method of instruction
Read OUR COMMON FUTURE or enroll in PoE courses
Class assignments and grading
Paper required, as well as two exams
class participation, research paper, and exam