Global Environmental Politics [CRN 77146]

Discipline: Political Science
Instructor: Rosencranz
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 0800
End: 0920
Field Work: Day 1 | September 15, 2017 | Spain
Prerequisites: One (1) introductory international relations course OR one (1) introductory comparative politics course. Per instructor: Prerequisites waived or can be taken concurrently with permission of instructor. Download Syllabus

We will follow cross-national and international contexts of environmental politics and policy, including global environmental institutions, such as the UN Environment Program, the World Bank, the Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Trade Organization, the EU and the international Tropical Timber Organization; agreements, such as the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Montreal Protocol on the Stratospheric Ozone Layer and the Biodiversity Convention; and norms, such as the polluter pays principle, the precautionary principle and intergenerational equity.  In Part III, class members will offer research papers and presentations on NGOs, MNCs, scientists, markets and local governments.

Field Work

Country: Spain
Day: 1
Date: September 15, 2017

In the morning, we will meet with Port of Barcelona officials to discuss important global environmental issues followed by a Q&A session. Afterwards, we will walk to the famous La Rambla (Barcelona’s main street) where we will have lunch. In the afternoon we’ll either have another public services interaction or go museum-hopping.

Learning Objectives:
1. Learn about global environmental issues through Barcelona’s experience.
2. Understand Barcelona’s municipal services.
3. Learn about Barcelona’s and Spain’s culture via a museum visit.