INR 4350 Global Environmental Politics

Global Environmental Politics INR 4350 is an upper-level undergraduate course taught online. Taught occasionally at UCF

Course Description

This course aims to equip students with theories and frameworks that are apt to understand the current state of global environmental politics. During this course you will read and do activities that will increase your knowledge around social-ecological systems, resilience, adaptation and transformation. Further, you will touch upon specific issues of global relevance such as climate change, biodiversity, fisheries, forestry, agriculture and energy and assess the global politics surrounding them.

Overall, this course is an introduction to concepts related to global environmental politics via a social-ecological system lens. The course will focus on introducing concepts and examples of issues and problems that fall under the umbrella of “global environmental politics”.

Student Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Knowledge: Have knowledge of different ways in which environmental issues can be approached. Understanding the trade-offs involved in global environmental politics as well as assessing and understanding issues surrounding collective action and cooperation. Further, you will have knowledge on some of the most important pressing issues in global environmental politics: climate change, biodiversity loss and finance; as well as issues surrounding specific global resources such as fisheries, forestry and energy.

  • Competence and skills: Compare and critically assess the different theories and frameworks proposed and use the appropriate lens to assess and find solutions to current issues in environmental politics. Further, students, via independent work, will need to learn to write policy briefs related to potential solution to a topic of your choice.

Associate Professor

My research interests relate to assessinig and analyzing dynamics of social ecological systems, common pool resources, resilence of coastal systems and the relationship between cognitive abilities and group adaptabilty to socio-economic, political and environmental changes