The global environment has become an arena of political and ideological contestation between states, global regions and non-state actors over the past 40 years. While nations have responded to environmental degradation by increasing cooperation through environmental regimes, underlying structural patterns having to do with the global political economy and ideology have been more difficult to address. This course, which is taught as a discussion-oriented seminar, provides a broad understanding of the relationship between globalization, global political economy and environment. We examine the background discourses that inform issues related to the global political economy and the environment, and students will be able to locate their own belief systems, values and politics in relation to global environmental politics. Among the issues we engage are North-South Politics, poverty and environment, trade and environment, investment and finance and environment, ideology and environmental politics and the role of neoliberalism and reforms of the global political economy to make it more ecologically and socially sustainable. We also examine emerging discourses around the environment growing out of populist and right-wing political movements.