This course examines environmental politics and governance in Canada as well as in comparative and international contexts. This is accomplished by surveying how various political, legal, administrative, and private-public actors and processes influence the development and implementation of environmental policy.
Note: This course can be taken individually or as a part of a certificate program.
By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:
- Recognize and describe the major theoretical and policy frameworks that have been used in the study of environmental politics and governance.
- Analyze the relationships between the politics of environmental science, the politics of global environmental governance, and the domestic politics of environmental policy formulation and regulation.
- Evaluate the relative strengths and limitations of different policy instruments and governance frameworks, including regulatory instruments, economic instruments and participatory models of environmental governance.
- Discuss the use of market instruments in reducing emissions and vulnerability to climate change, the role of cities and other non-state actors in global climate governance, and the politics of new social movements.
- Demonstrate skills in team building, group-based research, online presentations, proposal writing, research, writing and critical analysis in the study of environmental politics and governance.
- Environmental Politics and Governance
- Beyond the Limits? Understanding Processes of Environmental Change
- Sustainable Development: Exploring the Contradictions
- The Politics of Environmental Science
- Defending the Earth System: How Radical is too Radical?
- Administrative Rationalism: The Politics of Command and Control
- The Miracle of the Market? The Role of Economic Instruments in Environmental Policy
- Power to the People? Public Participation and the Politics of Environmental Governance
- Global Governance and the Politics of Climate Change
- Finding a Low Carbon Future: The Politics of Sustainable Energy
- A Renewable Resource? The Politics of Water Resource Governance in Canada
Prerequisite(s): 7.50 credits
|Case-Based Group Discussions (3)||10%|
|Environmental Policy Analysis||40%|
|Take Home Exam||20%|
*Course details are subject to change.