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School of Politics and International Relations

POL304 Environmental Politics

(POL304B - Spring)

Level: 6

Semester: B

Credit Value: 15

Module Convenor: Dr Elizabeth Chatterjee

Overlap: None

Pre-requisite: None

Compulsory for: None

Associate Availability: Full year &  Spring Only


Today humanity faces a multidimensional environmental crisis, as we breach safe “planetary boundaries” for climate change, chemical pollution, freshwater use, biodiversity loss, and more. Yet too often effective and sustained policy solutions have failed to materialize. This module will analyse how ideas, interest groups, and institutions shape environmental politics around the world, from the global to the local level. Together we will develop theoretically informed understandings of the crucial drivers of and obstacles to environmental action.

Assessment: 1 x Policy Memo 2000 words (50%) and a 2 hour exam (50%)