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Political Science: Int'l Environmental Governance

POLS 159 OL1 (CRN: 60483)

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About POLS 159 OL1

Examination of official and informal processes and institutions that have developed among, across, and beyond nation states for global environmental governance. Prerequisite: POLS 051.


Robert Bartlett ()


Dates: May 19 - June 27, 2014; This section has registration restrictions - May not be a student in the following class: 01 (first-year); Prereq: POLS 51


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In recent decades there have been many fascinating and immensely important developments in environmental politics that extend beyond the borders of any one country. The first overtly environmental agreements between countries were adopted in the late nineteenth century, but since the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm, Sweden, there has been an explosion of activity. Dozens of international governmental organizations have been created, hundreds of international nongovernmental organizations have emerged, and numerous transnational networks and informal governance regimes have developed concurrently with the globalization of economic and financial systems, communications, and culture. Although a global government is a dubious and unforeseeable prospect, the global system is nevertheless governed. In this course we will attempt a broad overview of global environmental governance processes and institutions among, across, and beyond nation states.

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REQUIRED READINGS All books been ordered through the UVM Bookstore. If you buy them elsewhere, be certain you have the right edition and translation! Axelrod, Regina S., Stacy D. VanDeveer, and David Leonard Downie, eds. The Global Environment: Institutions, Law, and Policy, Third Edition. Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2011. ISBN 978-0-87289-966-7 Bodansky, Daniel. The Art and Craft of International Environmental Law. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2011. ISBN 978-0-674-06179-8 Mitchell, Ronald B. International Politics and the Environment. Los Angeles: Sage, 2010. ISBN 978-1-4129-1975-3 Young, Oran R. On Environmental Governance: Sustainability, Efficiency, and Equity. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers, 2013. ISBN 978-1-61205-133--8 The University as a whole has adopted a policy that states the work expectation for all UVM classes is, at a minimum, two hours of work outside of the classroom for each hour of class meeting time, or at least 120 hours total (40 in class, 80 outside of the classroom) for a three-credit course. The work expectation for a totally online course then is also at least 120 hours. That means for this course, offered in a six-week term, you should expect to spend at least 20 hours a week in online and offline activities.


Blackboard readings journal blog 20% Current event paper 20% Current event blog 10% Discussion board participation 20% Wiki paper 10% Final essay 20%


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