Introduces students to the major streams of thought that have contributed to the formation of environmentalism. Aims to provide students with a knowledge of the political dimensions of key environmental issues and the institutional and non-institutional responses that have taken place, as well as equip them with the skills to critically and creatively explore issues of sustainability, including policy approaches to environmental dilemmas.
Ideas and Activism
1. Concepts and philosophy
2. Green movements
3. Green parties
4. Case studies
5. The environment as a policy problem
6. The environment vs the economy
7. Achieving sustainability
8. Environmental justice
9. Greening governments
10. International co-operation
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||demonstrate an understanding of the origins of environmentalism and the green movement||Intellectual rigour||Ethical practice||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||articulate the ideas, concepts and values that underpin political thought in relation to environmental concerns||Intellectual rigour||Ethical practice||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||understand and analyse key themes and issues in environmental politics||Intellectual rigour||Ethical practice||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||discuss the major policy responses to environmental problems at both the national and international level||Ethical practice||Knowledge of a discipline|
|5||develop and evaluate possible solutions to major environmental dilemmas.||Intellectual rigour||Ethical practice|
- Kutting, G (ed.), 2011, Global Environmental Politics: Concepts, theories and case studies, Routledge, London & New York.
- Two texts are required in order to complete this unit successfully. A copy of these texts will be available in the University Library, however it is strongly recommended that you acquire them if possible. An older edition of the Carter (2007) text would be better than no text at all, but it will be somewhat dated: Carter, N, 2007, The Politics of the Environment: Ideas, activism, policy, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
Teaching and assessment
|Structured online learning 3 hours (10 weeks)|
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