- Code ENVS6033
- 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, Environmental Studies, International Relations
- Work Integrated Learning Projects
This is an intensive course. In 2024, the face-to-face component will be delivered 5-16 February.
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
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Broadly explain the development and nature of international environmental policy (IEP), including the operation of regimes
- Explain and critically analyse key debates that shape IEP, and the key challenges it faces
- Explain and critically 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
Work Integrated Learning
Students may engage with WIL partners (internal/external) as a component of the course
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.
- Preparing a web blog on an international treaty (10) [LO 1]
- Policy Paper (40) [LO 2,3]
- Tutorial preparation, facilitation and participation (20) [LO 2,3]
- Simulated Conference of the parties (15) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Preparation of summary notes for seminars and presentation of paper review (15) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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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.
Requisite and Incompatibility
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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