Schedule

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March 2011
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General Directions

1. We will use the following books (available at the bookstore):

  • Conca, Ken. 2006. Governing Water: Contentious Transnational Politics and Global Institution Building. The MIT Press.
  • O’Neill, Kate. 2009. The Environment and International Relations. Cambridge University Press.

2. All other texts are available via hyperlink. Please note that many, if not all, are only available to students via login.

3. I reserve the right to make changes to the course schedule (including reading assignments) at any point in time.

4. All readings should be read in the order presented. That is also their order of priority.

5. All readings should be read prior to class.

6. Required readings are required. “Extra” readings will not be directly referred to on exams but primarily are provided to (a) clarify issues/concepts/theories discussed in the required reading or class lecture; and (b) guide those of you who want to deepen your knowledge on a specific issue.

All class meetings are scheduled to take place in PAC 422, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:40 – 4:00 pm.

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Part One: Introduction

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20 January 2011. Thursday. 2:40 – 4:00 pm

Introduction to Global Environmental Politics. Why do we care? What are the issues?

Course Activities: Introductions

Readings:

Extras:

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Part Two: Complexity in Global Environmental Politics

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25 January 2011.

Tuesday. 2:40 – 4:00 pm

Theories of international relations and environmental politics; Politics as Cause

Course Activities:

Readings:

  • O’Neill. Chapter 1. Introduction.
  • Conca. Chapter 3. Pushing Rivers Around.  How has politics led to water-related environmental “problems”?

Extras:

  • Mitchell, Ronald B. 2002. International environment. In Handbook of International Relations, edited by Walter Carlsnaes, Thomas Risse, and Beth Simmons, 500-16. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

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26 January 2011. Thursday. 2:40 – 4:00 pm

Politics of Agendas; Politics of Solutions

Course Activities: Lecture

Readings & Media:

Extras:

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Part Three: The Actors, Parts, Pieces, Systems, Structures, Participants, Networks… of Global Environmental Politics

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1 February 2011. Tuesday. 2:40 – 4:00 pm

Course Activities: Lecture

Readings:

Extras:

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3 February 2011. Thursday. 2:40 – 4:00 pm

The Role of States

Course Activities: Lecture

Readings:

Extras:

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8 February 2011. Tuesday. 2:40 – 4:00 pm

Global Institutions

Course Activities: Lecture

Readings:

  • Conca. Chapter 1. “Managing the Global Environment or Protecting the Planet’s Places?”
  • Conca. Chapter 2. “Toward a Social Theory of International Institutions.”
  • Haas, Peter M. “Addressing the Global Governance Deficit.” Global Environmental Politics 4.4 (2004): 1-15

Extras:

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10 February 2011. Thursday. 2:40 – 4:00 pm

Private Global Environmental Governance

Course Activities: Lecture

Readings:

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11 February 2011. Policy Paper Proposal Due

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Part Four: Processes, Negotiations, Knowledge, Norms, Might, Money

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15 February 2010. Tuesday. 2:40 – 4:00 pm

How are global environmental institutions created? Why? – The role of knowledge and norms; economics

Course Activities: Lecture.

Readings:

Recommended:

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17 February 2010. Thursday. 2:40 – 4:00 pm

Negotiation of global environmental agreements

Course Activities: Lecture

Readings:

Extras:

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22 February 2010. Tuesday. 2:40 – 4:00 pm

Negotiation of global environmental agreements

Course Activities: Lecture.

Readings:

Recommended:

  • Hampson, Fen Osler with Michael Hart. 1999. “Chapter 10. Hazardous Wastes.”  Multilateral Negotiations: Lessons from Arms Control, Trade, and the Environment. Johns Hopkins University Press. (Same link as above: Link to Hampson PDF)

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24 February 2010. Thursday. 2:40 – 4:00 pm

Compliance & Effectiveness

Course Activities: Lecture.

Readings:

Recommended:

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Part Five: Dams

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1 March 2010. Tuesday. 2:40 – 4:00 pm

Course Activities: Lecture and Midterm Review.

Readings:

  • Conca. Chapter 3. “Pushing Rivers Around…”
  • Conca. Chapter 4. “Swimming Upstream…”

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3 March 2010. Thursday. 2:40 – 4:00 pm

Course Activities: MIDTERM EXAM

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SPRING BREAK

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22 March 2010. Tuesday. 2:40 – 4:00 pm

Course Activities: Lecture/Discussion

Readings:

  • Conca. Chapter 5. “Expert Networks…”
  • Conca. Chapter 6. “The Ecology of Human Rights…”

Recommended :

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24 March 2010. Thursday. 2:40 – 4:00 pm

Course Activities: Lecture/Discussion

Readings:

  • Conca. Reader’s Choice: Chapter 8. “Brazil.” OR Chapter 9. “South Africa.”
  • Conca. Chapter 10. “Institution Building as the Social Embedding of Political Struggle.”

Extras

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29 March 2010. Tuesday. 2:40 – 4:00 pm

Course Activities: Lecture/Discussion

Readings:

Extras

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Part Six: The Environment & Trade

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31 March 2010. Thursday. 2:40 – 4:00 pm

Readings:

Extras

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Part Seven: Conservation & Biodiversity

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5 April 2010. Tuesday. 2:40 – 4:00 pm

Protecting Species; begin biodiversity

Readings:

Extras:

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7 April 2010. Thursday. 2:40 – 4:00 pm

Policy Paper Rough Draft Due

Biodiversity, GM Food, and the Developing World (I): The Issues and Institutions

Course Activities: Lecture/discussion.

Readings:

Recommended:

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12 April 2010. Tuesday. 2:40 – 4:00 pm

Biodiversity, GM Food, and the Developing World (II): The disputes

Course Activities: Lecture/discussion.

Readings:

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Part Eight: Climate Change

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14 April 2010. Thursday. 2:40 – 4:00 pm

Defining the issues

Course Activities: Lecture/Discussion.

Readings:

Extras:

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19 April 2010. Tuesday. 2:40 – 4:00 pm

Negotiations & Bargaining

Course Activities: Lecture/Discussion.

Readings:

Extras:

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21 April 2010. Thursday. 2:40 – 4:00 pm

North-South Negotiations

Course Activities: Lecture/Discussion.

Readings:

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22 April 2011. Policy Paper Final Draft Due @ 5 pm.

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26 April 2010. Tuesday. 2:40 – 4:00 pm

The Future of Climate Change Governance

Course Activities: Lecture/Discussion.

Readings:

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Part Nine: Resource Wars

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28 April 2010. Thursday. 2:40 – 4:00 pm

Course Activities: Lecture and Discussion.

Readings:

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Part Ten: Conclusions

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3 May 2010. Tuesday. 2:40 – 4:00 pm

Conclusion and Summary

Course Activities: Final Lecture and Exam Review

Readings:

Extras:

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end of classes

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12 May 2010. 2 – 5 pm

FINAL EXAM

Location: tba

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