- Code ENVS3038
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Environmental Science
- Areas of interest Geography, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Resource Management and Environmental Science, Human Sciences, Policy Studies
- Academic career UGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
This course is offered as part of the IARU Global Summer Program only. ANU student wishing to take International Environmental Policy can enrol in ENVS3033 which is offered during the Summer Session.
This course focuses on the dynamic field of international environmental policy (IEP), a field that has grown rapidly and dramatically over the last three decades, driven by concern over unprecedented and large-scale global environmental change, including climate change, biodiversity loss, deforestation, marine degradation, and expanding trade and consumption. International environmental policy now directly and indirectly affects the behaviour and decisions of governments, corporations, NGOs, local communities and individuals.
The course takes an interdisciplinary approach, drawing insights from areas including ecology, law, economics, international relations and politics, and incorporates lectures, guest speakers from NGOs and government, panel discussions, debates and workshops, with an emphasis on understanding the real-world dynamics of policy formation and debate. The course will cover the nature of IEP; its development over recent decades; the actors and institutions which form and influence it; and the conflicts which shape it. Key areas of debate within IEP will be examined, including tensions between conservation and development; conflicts around knowledge, science, and uncertainty; and reliance on 'command and control' vs market-based approaches. Cross-cutting issues include gender, the fight against poverty, and the role of corporations. These issues will be explored through analysis of topical case studies, such as equity and climate change; biodiversity and livelihoods; biofuels and deforestation; and genetically modified organisms and international trade.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Broadly describe the development and nature of international environmental policy (IEP), including the operation of regimes
- Describe and analyse key debates that shape IEP, and the key challenges it faces
- Describe and evaluate the strengths and limitations of international governance responses to environmental issues
- Design, participate in, and lead group learning processes and activities in the context of environmental policy
- Class poster and presentations (15%; LO 1)
- Policy Paper (30%; LO 2, 3 )
- Tutorial preparation, facilitation and participation (40%; LO 1, 2, 3, 4)
- Simulated Conference of the Parties ((15%) (LO 1,2,3,4)
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The course runs over 18 days during 25 June - 12 July 2013: 6 are a field trip, involving approximately 3 contact hours and 3 hours study per day. During the remaining twelve days weekdays involve 4-5 contact hours, with an additional 3-4 hours work required per day. Three days (including a weekend) involve no teaching, but students are required to complete a research assignment during this period, involving about 25 hours work.
Requisite and Incompatibility
You will need to contact the Fenner School of Environment and Society to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
Speth & Haas (2006) Global Environmental Governance Chapter 2 Global scale environmental challenges (e-reserve, Chifley).
Clapp & Dauvergne (2005) Paths to a Green World: The Political Economy of the Environment Chapter 1 Peril or Prosperity: Mapping Worldviews of Global Environmental Change.
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