Module Identifier IP31520  
Academic Year 2000/2001  
Co-ordinator Mr Rowland Maddock  
Semester Semester 1  
Course delivery Lecture   12 Hours 12 x 1 hour  
  Seminars / Tutorials   8 Hours 8 x 1 hour  
Assessment Exam   2 Hours   70%  
  Essay   1 x 2,000 word essay   30%  

Brief description
The environment is now on domestic and international political agendas. Because of multiple linkages and ecological interdependence environmental issues are most effectively addressed at international, even global, level. But this brings to the fore the problem of obtaining and guaranteeing international cooperation in a system where states are sovereign. The environment as an international political economy issue is in some respects unique, but in other respects it shares to a greater or lesser degree structural characteristics with the other great issues of welfare and security.

After examining four discourses of politcal ecology the course considers the likelihood of and the obstacles to international cooperation. The module examines the differing experiences and outlook of the "North and the South", as well as a detailed investigation of some of the major current environmental issues such as global climate change, biodiversity loss etc. The course also examines the role and the future of the state in international environmental affairs.

The aim of the module is to enable you to locate the environment within the corpus of international relations theory and praxis.

At the conclusion of the module you should be able to:

10 ECTS Credits

Reading Lists
** Recommended Text
J Dryzek. The Politics of the Earth.
G Porter and J Brown. Global Environmental Politics.