POLS3342 Global Environmental Politics

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Political Science and International Relations; Philosophy, Politics and Economics major sequences
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
States increasingly have to face problems of how to deal with major public goods issues such as environmental degradation, over exploitation of natural resources and emissions abatements. For policy makers this gives rise to a number of issues. Among these are—What is the best basis for environmental policy? How is welfare to be understood? How are the competing aims of different groups or countries to be accommodated? What would be a reasonable basis for cost sharing? How are the claims of different generations over the world's resources to be balanced out? What do we do about things like uncertainty, risk and possible catastrophes? The purpose of this unit is to deal with these issues in a systematic manner.
Students are able to (1) explain, and engage critically with, the conceptual frameworks, techniques of investigation, core generalisations and key debates associated with the field/subfield of public policy/public policy of the environment; (2) explain links between environmental problems and political–economic decisions; (3) explain the main theoretical foundations for explaining environmental problems in a collective goods context; (4) identify and explain the sorts of tools and analytical techniques available to policy analysts to deal with environmental problems; (5) apply these techniques to explanations of the causes of sub-optimal policy and political conflict; and (6) demonstrate practical skills in assessing policy options and policy design.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research essay; (2) assignment; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit rules
any Level 2 Political Science and International Relations unit
POLS2229 States, Welfare and Environmental Policy
Contact hours
lectures: 20 hours; tutorials: 9 hours
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