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Jason F Lambacher
POL S 384
Seattle Campus

Global Environmental Politics

Examines the globalization of environmental problems, including climate change, ozone depletion, and loss of biodiversity, as well as the globalization of political responses to these problems within the framework of globalization as set of interlinked economic, technological, cultural, and political processes. Offered: jointly with ENVIR 384.

Class description

We have come to discover that many environmental issues do not neatly correspond to political borders. On one hand, this realization helps us to understand arenas of conflict that have emerged regarding pollution, ozone depletion, climate change, deforestation, and the biodiversity crisis, particularly between the global North and the global South. On the other hand, recognition of ecological interdependence creates opportunities for cooperation at scales above and below the nation-state. Can existing institutions provide necessary governance or are new civil society actors and transnational networks needed? Further, how do ordinary citizens navigate the ethical and participatory vicissitudes of ‚Äúthinking globally and acting locally‚Ä?? This course explores the historical emergence of global environmental politics in light of these and other questions, with emphasis on how globalization alters perspectives of environmental change.

Student learning goals

Refined analytic and interpretive reading skills.

Enhanced writing skills.

Opportunity to present research publicly.

Practice in the art of questioning.

General method of instruction

Lecture, discussion, film.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Weekly journal, research paper, exam.


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Last Update by Jason F Lambacher
Date: 11/04/2013