Course level



Humanities and Social Sciences


Politic Sc & Internat Studies




One Semester

Class contact

2 Seminar hours


GO211, POLS2115

Recommended prerequisite

Assessment methods

Participation reflection, report, essay

Course coordinator

Dr Pedram Rashidi & Dr Michael Spann

Study Abroad

This course is pre-approved for Study Abroad and Exchange students.

Current course offerings

Course offerings Location Mode Course Profile
Semester 1, 2018 St Lucia Internal Course Profile

Please Note: Course profiles marked as not available may still be in development.

Course description

This course was previously offered as the Level 2 POLS2115. Please note: the course Levels are not interchangeable - if the course is completed as a Level 2 it cannot be credited as a Level 3. This course explores contemporary challenges in environmental politics and policy, and probes responses to these, using a range of methods and approaches. We will work collaboratively on developing in-depth analyses of prominent contemporary concerns, from climate change through biodiversity issues to contestations over extractive industries, and questions of sustainable development. The course will be run in the format of weekly two-hour workshops, comprising short introductory `mini-lectures┬┐ (15-20 minutes), in-class research sessions, task-based group work, and plenary conclusions. Our focus is on combining advanced learning about cutting-edge theories and methods in political analysis with producing substantive analyses of policy and political problems and challenges based on extensively researched case-examples. The latter will cover local, national, international, and transnational instances. Please note that this course, due to its adopted format, will not have lectures recorded and requires a commitment to attending weekly classes.

Archived offerings

Course offerings Location Mode Course Profile
Semester 1, 2017 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 1, 2016 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 1, 2015 St Lucia Internal Course Profile