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Unit description

This unit examines relationships between international political dynamics and global environmental challenges as a way to understand and engage with current environmental issues. Students will explore how states and non-state actors, such as the United Nations, multinational corporations and non-governmental organisations, interact at an international level. Global issues such as climate change and biodiversity extinction will be explored, as well as the intertwined role of ideologies such as neoliberalism, nationalism, communism, democracy and other systems of governance. The unit provides students with a knowledge of the political dimensions of key environmental issues and the institutional and non-institutional responses that are taking place. Unit content will help students identify what role they can play when dealing with global environmental challenges.  

Unit content

Part 1:

  1. Case studies: climate change and biodiversity extinction
  2. A timeline of international (in)action
  3. International cooperation, power competition and the tragedy of the commons

Part 2:

  1. Green ideology and the political spectrum
  2. Are democracies best suited to resolve environmental problems?
  3. The globalised economy and the environment

Part 3:

  1. Environmental justice
  2. Global issues, local actions

 

Learning outcomes

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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1Demonstrate an understanding of the ideas, concepts and values that underpin political thought in relation to environmental concerns
2Demonstrate an understanding of how the structures of the international system shape responses to global environmental challenges
3Critically evaluate responses to global environmental challenges
4Develop and evaluate possible solutions to major environmental challenges

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the ideas, concepts and values that underpin political thought in relation to environmental concerns
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of how the structures of the international system shape responses to global environmental challenges
  3. Critically evaluate responses to global environmental challenges
  4. Develop and evaluate possible solutions to major environmental challenges

Prescribed texts

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (Weekly)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (Weekly)
Assessment
Quiz10%
Short written response40%
A writing piece50%

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (Weekly)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (Weekly)
Assessment
Quiz10%
Short written response40%
A writing piece50%
Notice

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Fee information

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