The course has fouroverriding aims:
· Deepen students' understanding of the relationship between globalization and environment by examining key policies and processes of globalization and their interaction with the environment and environmental politics.
· Develop students' knowledge of the ideological discourses that inform global environmental politics by examining four key environmental perspectives, or world views, that underlie the positions taken by various actors in environmental debates.
· Strengthen students' ability to think analytically and critically about international environmental politics and their own environmental world views, and how these inform political preferences. We will read and discuss examples of the various world views and discourses and relate these to political objectives and policy preferences.
· Develop students' written and spoken communication skills by learning the principles of popular opinion writing and podcasting. This course is the recipient of a Teaching and Learning grant from CEU within the scope of which podcasts will be used as learning materials, and students will learn the principles of podcasting.