• Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Environmental Science
  • Areas of interest Geography, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Environmental Studies, International Relations
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Ian Fry
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Summer Session 2020
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This is an intensive course offered on an annual basis. The course will be delivered from 17-21 February and 5-9 April 2020.

The 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.

 

Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but are assessed separately. There are additional session for post-graduates

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Broadly explain the development and nature of international environmental policy (IEP), including the operation of regimes
  2. Explain and critically analyse key debates that shape IEP, and the key challenges it faces
  3. Explain and critically evaluate the strengths and limitations of international governance responses to environmental issues
  4. Design, participate in, and lead group learning processes and activities in the context of environmental policy

Other Information

If you do not meet the requisites for this course, it may be possible to receive a permission code. If you are prompted for a permission code on ISIS, please request one online via the following form

Indicative Assessment

  1. Preparing a web blog on an international treaty (10) [LO 1]
  2. Policy Paper (40) [LO 2,3]
  3. Tutorial preparation, facilitation and participation (20) [LO 2,3]
  4. Simulated Conference of the parties (15) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  5. Preparation of summary notes for seminars and presentation of paper review (15) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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Workload

The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the session including:

  • Face-to face component which will consist 60 contact hours delivered intensively over 2 separate blocks comprising lectures, tutorials and practicals
  • Approximately 70 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.


Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards discussions.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed ENVS6038 or ENVS3033.

Prescribed Texts

None

Preliminary Reading

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.

Specialisations

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1365 17 Feb 2020 18 Feb 2020 06 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 In Person N/A

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