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This course examines the history and current status of international environmental cooperation and conflict. We will consider the interactions of nation-states, multilateral international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and social movements in the formation of transnational environmental policy and treaties. We will also examine non-state approaches to global environmental challenges. After reviewing competing explanations for the causes of global environmental problems and diverse disciplinary approaches to studying those issues, we will read case studies covering a range of topics. These include fresh water conflict, fisheries and oceans, climate change, waste and pollution, agriculture, pesticides, population and development, wildlife, forestry, and consumerism. The reading assignments are drawn from the fields of environmental and foreign policy history, political science, international relations, geography, and anthropology in order to develop an interdisciplinary approach to international policy analysis. The written assignments are a series of policy briefs. You will also be responsible for two oral presentations during the semester, related to the policy briefs.
Grading: no pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
2-3 short writing assignments based on assigned readings (3 pages each), 2 oral presentations, discussion participation, 2 policy briefing papers based on library research (5 pages each)
ENVI 101 or permission of the instructor
environmental studies majors and concentrators
ENVI Environmental Policy
EVST Social Science/Policy
GBST Economic Development Studies Electives