Contemporary efforts to confront our most pressing ecological problems are characterized by a tension between the global realities of these problems and the territorial borders and logics that define “sovereign nation-states.” This course will explore this tension in three parts. First, we will engage with a variety of theoretical and conceptual debates introduced by scholars of global environmental politics — a heterodox field that draws insights from international relations theory, international political economy, ecological economics, and environmental sociology (among others). Second, we will put these theories and concepts to work by turning to case studies, including biodiversity loss, hazardous waste trade, resource shortages, global industrial agriculture, over-consumption, over-population and climate change. The course will conclude with a mock U.N. Climate Negotiation in which students will play the role of particular states and stakeholder groups.
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