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Governing for the Environment - POL00067M

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  • Department: Politics
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Jeremy Moulton
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2020-21

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2020-21

Module aims

The module will examine key concepts (e.g. tragedy of the commons, sustainable development, ecological modernisation), different levels of governance (e.g. global, regional, national), a range of topics (e.g. policy instruments, international trade, regime formation), various policy problems (e.g. climate change, biodiversity protection, ivory trade) and aspects of environmental politics (e.g. Green parties, party politics, ENGOs).

Module learning outcomes

The learning outcomes of this module are to understand the complex theoretical and practical issues associated with the environment as a major policy problem, to identify the key actors involved in environmental politics and policy, analyse the making of global and national environmental policy and to examine emerging forms of environmental governance.


Task Length % of module mark
Essay - 4000 words
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Essay - 4000 words
N/A 100

Module feedback

Students will receive written timely feedback on their formative assessment. They will also have the opportunity to discuss their feedback during the module tutor's feedback and guidance hours.

Students will receive written feedback on their summative assessment no later than six weeks after submission; and the module tutor will hold a specific session to discuss feedback, which students can also opt to attend. They will also have the opportunity to discuss their feedback during the module tutor's regular feedback and guidance hours.

Indicative reading

Carter, N. (2007) The Politics of the Environment, Cambridge: C.U.P.

Clapp, J. and Dauvergne P. (2011) Paths to a Green World: the Political Economy of the Environment, Cambridge MA: MIT Press.

Newell, P. (2012) Globalization and the Environment, Cambridge: Polity.

O'Neill, K. (2009) The Environment and International Relations, Cambridge: C.U.P.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): changes to courses

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