POLIS 2122 - Global Environmental Politics
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020
General Course Information
Course Code POLIS 2122 Course Global Environmental Politics Coordinating Unit Politics and International Studies Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate study Incompatible POLI 2122 Course Description Is climate change killing the earth?
Are there too many people; or too few people with too much?
Do animals have rights?
Is violence justified to save the planet?
Are we facing nuclear Armageddon?
What is environmental justice and security?
How do we fight for our future?
Is access to water a Human Right?
Will humans become extinct?
Can we change the world to return it from the brink?
Environmental movements are among the most successful progressive voices in politics and international relations in the 21st Century. Whether it is water security, the global food crisis, climate change, environmental refugees, nuclear energy and warfare, human survival or the rights of non-humans, environmental or green politics has established itself as one of the most exciting sites of political contestation around the globe today. First, this course establishes the theoretical underpinnings of green politics, including addressing traditional political theory and the environment, from conservatism to liberalism and neo-liberalism on the right, to Marxist and anarchist responses on the left. Next, case studies are taken from numerous countries and cultures where people are pursuing diverse green political goals through a myriad of political processes. These range from the informal dynamics of networks, groups and social movements through to the more institutionalised responses of organisations, corporations, mass media, legal systems, political parties, and governments. Environmental movements and their campaigns are selected from across the globe: from the more affluent worlds of Australasia, Europe and North America; to the majority worlds of Africa, South America and Asia.
Course Coordinator: Dr Benito Cao
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1 have gained an understanding of the range of perspectives on environmental issues and how environmental issues may be understood as political issues; 2 be able to identify and explain the political dimensions of environmental issues, while understanding the particular historical, cultural and social contexts in which they arise; 3 be able to apply theoretical tools in the analysis of environmental problems and controversies; 4 be able to identify and formulate effective arguments; and 5 have increased confidence in their ability to communicate, to think critically, and to participate as a member of a group.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1, 2, 3 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1, 2, 3 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
4,5 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
2, 3 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesThe compulsory text required for this course is Doyle, T., McEachern. D., and MacGregor, S., Environment and Politics, fourth edition, Routledge: London and New York (2016). This was written specifically for such a group of students. It has recently been massively revised to focus on the global dimension of environmental politics and international relations.
Recommended ResourcesObviously, there are a wide array of journals and books which deal with global environmental politics such as Environmental Politics, Taylor and Francis, London. Quality daily newspapers are also an interesting source of ideas and empirical information.
For background reading informing my lectures, apart from the required text listed above, I will also be drawing upon to the following works:
- Additional global and/or transnational material will be selected from Doherty, B. and Doyle T. (eds) (2008) Beyond Borders: Environmental Movements and Transnational Politics, Routledge, New York and London.
- For third world environmentalism, selections will be taken from Doyle, T.J. (2005) Environmental Movements in Majority and Minority Worlds: A Global Perspective, Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, New York and London.
- Doyle, T. and Risley, M. (eds) (2008) Crucible for Survival: Environmental Security in the Indian Ocean Region, Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, New York and London.
- The Australian material will be largely informed by Doyle, T. and Kellow, A. (1995) Environmental Politics and Policy-Making in Australia, Macmillan: Melbourne, and Doyle, T. (2001) Green Power: the Environmental Movement in Australia.
Online LearningAdditional course-related material will be available through MyUni.
The following documents will be available via MyUni:
Lecture Content, Course Outline, Explanation of Assessment Tasks.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe division of the course into three parts seeks to provide a balance of theoretical and empirical material. This material will be predominantly delivered through lecture-style presentations, as it is information intensive, reflecting the established research interests of the co-ordinator. Smaller group teaching will take place in the tutorials. Like all courses in the Politics Discipline, the teacher promotes the development of critical and analytic skills, and is built upon the need for students to communicate their ideas in a written essay, and through oral expression in these smaller tutorial groups. Apart from student presentations, these group sessions will be used to address teaching and learning problems/issues, which will potentially arise during the course; as well as providing an opportunity to relate the lecture material with environmental issues as they emerge in the media.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
WORKLOAD TOTAL HOURS 1 x 2-hour lecture (or equivalent) per week 24 hours per semester 1 x 1-hour tutorial (or equivalent) per week 12 hours per semester 4 hours reading per week 48 hours per semester 2 hours research per week 24 hours per semester 2 hours assignment preparation per week 24 hours per semester 2 hours class preparation per week 24 hours per semester 156 hours per semester
Learning Activities Summary
Schedule Week 1 Information and Introduction Week 2 Environmental Politics: The Basics Week 3 Environmental Frameworks Week 4 Environmental Movements Week 5 Australian Environmental Politics Week 6 The Politics of Climate Change Week 7 Environmental NGOs Week 8 Green(ing) Political Parties Week 9 Environment Incorporated Week 10 Environmental Governing Week 11 Environmental Citizenship Week 12 Multiple Choice Test
Specific Course RequirementsNot applicable.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceTutorials will include individual student presentations to the group, small-group activities and semi-structured discussions designed to provide students with a fulfilling 'small group discovery experience'. Small group seminars will be organised around the critical analysis of particular case studies, which include controversies over climate change, food production, population growth, green party politics, and environmental movements.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome Tutorial Participation Formative and Summative 10% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Tutorial Presentation Formative and Summative 15% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Multiple Choice Test Summative 25% 1, 2 Research Essay Formative and Summative 50% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Assessment Related RequirementsNo special requirements are to be met prior to the commencement of the course.
However, prior to lectures each week, readings, largely from the core text, will be set.
Assessment DetailTutorial Participation (10%): Students are required to attend tutorials and will be expected to interact in tutorial activities.
Tutorial Presentation (15%): Students will be expeted to complete an oral presentation within a tutorial setting. The presentation will be the basis for the research essay. The assessment guidelines for the presentation are outlined in the course website. The presentation requires handing up a powerpoint or a one-page summary of the substance of the argument in (annotated) bullet points, including references.
Course Test (25%): A multiple-choice test will be held in Week 12. The test will take place in the regular lecture theatre, at the regular lecture time. The test will be based on material covered in the lectures and contained in the required readings, and is designed to allow students to demonstrate their grasp of basic concepts and content explored in the course.
Research Essay (50%): Students are required to produce a research essay in the form of a comparative analysis of the environmental politics of two environmental movements, two environmental NGOs, two political parties, or two transnational corporations, using theories and concepts explored in the course. The essays should examine what political actors think and do when acting environmentally in different parts of the globe: i) the collective ideologies, mythologies and cosmologies of the many different articulations of environmental politics; and, ii) the actions themselves i.e. the distinctive kinds of politics engaged in within (and sometimes between) different cultures and contexts. The essay must have theoretical and comparative dimensions. Word-count: 2250-2500 words, inclusive of a 250 words Abstract.
SubmissionThe research essay must be submitted through Turnitin (link available on MyUni).
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Late essays without an extension will be penalised at the rate of 2% per day.
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M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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