Global Enviromental Politics

Course Code: 
PA 409
Course Period: 
Autumn
Course Type: 
Core
P: 
3
Application: 
0
Credits: 
3
ECTS: 
6
Course Language: 
İngilizce
Course Objectives: 
Environmental problems that transcend national borders require some form of international governance, which to date has largely entailed the creation of international environmental regimes. Thus, the central focus of the seminar is to explore how and why states both succeed and fail to negotiate international governance mechanisms. The seminar then assesses why some international environmental regimes are more effective than others and why states choose to comply with environmental regimes. While states are still the primary actors involved in furthering environmental governance, the seminar also examines the role of transnational actors that include non-governmental organizations, international organizations, and multinational corporations. In order to understand how states and non-state actors cooperate to resolve global environmental problems, the course seeks to integrate political science theory with environmental case studies. Each week students will be required to engage critically the different theoretical literatures dealing with international institutions and regimes, negotiation theory, compliance theory, institutional effectiveness, transnational actors, and globalization in their discussions of particular case studies. Case studies will include climate change, ozone depletion, water sharing and dams, fisheries, biodiversity, forestries, oil pollution, sustainable development, environmental security, and trade. The combination of theory and empirical cases is intended to encourage students to uncover the causal pathways that lead to successful environmental governance.
Course Content: 

Global environmental regimes, climate change,environmental security, environmental diplomacy,sustainable development, North-South relations, overconsumption, political cology, environmental justicei international environmental law.

Course Methodology: 
1: Lecture, 2: Question-Answer, 3: Discussion, 9: Simulation, 12: Case Study
Course Evaluation Methods: 
A: Testing, C: Homework

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Course Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcome

Teaching Methods

Assessment Methods

develop a critical understanding of the main areas of study, including key concepts, actors and dynamics characterizing global environmental politics

2,5

1,2,3

A,C

engage critically with the work of major environmental politics and international relations scholars, and evaluate their arguments in the light of the practical dilemmas posed by global environmental challenges;

8,11,16

1,2,3

A,C

describe different approaches to constructing environmental regimes,  including approaches based on nation states in cooperation or in

conflict; or the role of ‘knowledge actors’ such as scientists  and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in creating consensus

8,16

1,2,3

A,C

describe the diverse problems of addressing climate change and  declining biodiversity through multi-faceted policy approaches such as international treaties, national regulation and civil society activity

5,8,16

1,2,3

A,C

critically discuss the manner in which the emergence of sustainable  development as a core concept of international initiative reflects and  responds to dominant political and economic interests

5,11,16

1,2,3

A,C

assess the role played by key international organisations linked to the  United Nations in the promotion of global environmental regimes and

global environmental governance in general

8,16

1,2,3

A,C

 

Course Flow

Week

Topics

Study Materials

1

 

Introduction

 

2

Emergence of Global Environmental Politics

 

3

Evolution of International Environmental Law

 

4

Actors in the Environmental Arena

 

5

International Negotiations Theory

 

6

Effective Environmental Regimes

 

7

Economics, Development and Global Environmental Politics

 

8

Midterm

 

9

Global Environmental Diplomacy

 

10

Environmental  Security

 

11

Climate Change

 

12

Case Studies (Biodiversity, Toxics, Ozone Depletion,Fisheries)

 

13

EU Environmental Acquis and Turkey

 

14

Turkey and Global Environmental Politics

 

15

Review, Question - Answer

 

16

Final Exam

 

 

Recommended Sources

Textbook

 

Chasek,Downie,Brown (2013) Global Environmental Politics (Dilemmas in World Politics)  Westview Press; Sixth Edition

Additional Resources

Tolba M.  (with Iwona Rummel-Bulska) (1998) Global

Environmental Diplomacy,MIT Press

Axelrod, VanDeveer, Downie (2010) The Global Environment: Institutions, Law, and Policy,CQ Press

Dauvergne (2012) Handbook of Global Environmental Politics, Edward Elgar Publishing

 

Material Sharing

Documents

 

Assignments

 

Exams

 
 

Assessment

IN-TERM STUDIES

NUMBER

PERCENTAGE

Mid-terms

1

40

Quizzes

   

Assignment

4

10

Total

 

50

CONTRIBUTION OF FINAL EXAMINATION TO OVERALL GRADE

 

50

CONTRIBUTION OF IN-TERM STUDIES TO OVERALL GRADE

 

50

Total

 

100

 

 

COURSE CATEGORY

Expertise/Field Courses

 

Course’s Contribution to Program

No

Program Learning Outcomes

Contribution

1

2

3

4

5

1

Students should be know contemporary concept, theory and models, international principles, basic and updated informations about public administration field and also know the historical development of  Turkish Public Administration.

 

X

 

 

 

2

Students grasp core basic knowledge about in the academic disciplines closely related academical and factual knowledge, scientific perspective supported by training tools to follow and evaluate this knowledge.

   

X

   

3

Students adopt scientific perspective, aware of Kemalist thought that give importance to scientific thoughts from the point of public administration and students also should be able to use scientific research methods for research and analysis.

X

       

4

Students should be able to transfer knowledge and ability related to public administration field to academical, professional business life to personnel and team member.They should show that they have the ability to decision-making, implementation, within the framework of the knowledge and they have the ability to analyze and interpret qualitative and quantitative data

 

X

     

5

Students should know that the structure and processes in the field of public administration skills besides that  basic knowledge of the international level within the framework of the universal principles  about legal, political, economic, social and psychological issues.They  should have  the ability to identify problems and to suggest solutions.

     

X

 

6

Students should know where to reach the needed information in the field of public administration and taking responsibility for solving the problems that they may face in practice and have competence to make an independent research and study.

 

X

     

7

Students should be able to design and plan projects to achieve organizational goals and objectives as an executive or as a team member. They should manage the processes for their goals and evaluate their responsibilities.

 

X

 

 

 

8

Students should critically evaluate knowledge and skills gained to catch global changes that they can produce flexible and creative solutions.

 

 

 

 

X

9

Students should catch the rapid changes in the field of public administration, and to provide their personal and professional development; they can update their knowledge and know the importance of life-long learning.

 

 

X

 

 

10

Students who has obtain knowledge, skills, thoughts and advises about public administration field should show that they have received perfect communication skills by transfering their ideas to people who has responsibility on institutional level.

 

 

 

 

 

11

Students should have minimum English to understand, follow and evaulate global Dynamics.They sould be able to share their knowledge, working and evaulation about fiels on international or national academical and professional field as well as  Turkish.

 

 

 

X

 

12

Students should respect differences between cultures and individuals with knowledge and skills about public administration can make connection on social and proffessional fields.

 

X

 

 

 

13

Students should understand individiual, proffessional, social and ethic concept which are important concepts of public administration field and aware of the practice of social and, worklife.They can act property inside of institutions with understanding of importance of principle on social field.

 

X

 

 

 

14

Students should analyse knowledge and skills with stakeholders of organizations in the field of public adminstration and inside of academical and proffessional workings evaluate and perform effectively with connection.

 

X

 

 

 

15

Students should follow current development on the field of public administration has ability to encouraging innovation.

 

 

X

 

 

16

Students who have enough consiousness in modern societies’ basic genesis  concept like importance of social justice, universality of social rights, cultures values with using knowledge about public administration field, should know the needs of active citizenship with individiual, social and ecological dimension of social responsibility.

 

 

 

 

X

17

Students obtain consciousnes about occupational health and safety for providing institutional sustainability  on public administration field and act appropriate ethichal and responsible principless.

 

 

X

 

 

 

ECTS

Activities

Quantity

Duration
(Hour)

Total
Workload
(Hour)

Course Duration (Including the exam week: 16x Total course hours)

16

3

48

Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice)

16

3

48

Mid-terms

1

10

10

Homework

4

1

4

Final examination

1

10

10

Total Work Load

 

 

120

Total Work Load / 25 (h)

 

 

4,8

ECTS Credit of the Course

 

 

5