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IR 4029 / IR 4529
ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES AND CONTROVERSIES
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Dr A Brown

Pre-requisite(s): Available to students in programme year 4 in Politics and International Relations or with the permission of the Head of School.

Note(s): This course will run in the second half-session of 2012/13 as IR 4529.

The first part of the lecture series will focus on a general introduction into environmental politics. It will relate relevant theories of politics and IR theory to environmental problems and policy-making/ regime-building before turning to relevant institutions, agents and intergovernmental organisations such as the UN, EU and WTO. Key themes such as equity, justice and security will be highlighted. The second and main part will then focus on specfic issues such as climate change, waste export, biodiversity, water security, whaling and GMOs. Comparisons between these issues will be made throughout as well as reminders of key themes, actors and theories covered in part 1. The final part of the lecture series will summarise the main insights from previous lectures and will present an assessment of future developments. It will relate insights to other Politics & IR contexts and encourage students to pursue some (or all) of the environmental issues and themes further.

The seminars follow the main structure of the lecture topics. They will allow students to investigate and discuss the topics in more detail and explore specific case studies relevant to issues such as - whaling from different angles e.g. NGOs' involvement or the US and EU policies on GMOs compared.

1 one-hour lecture; 1 two-hour seminar per week.

1st attempt: 1 three-hour examination (60%); continuous in-course assessment: 3,500 word essay (30%) plus 'team' project (10%).