Course Detail


Environmental Politics


Deforestation, climate change, and water shortages are environmental challenges that not only confront every nation on earth but also transcend the boundaries of those nations. Utilizing theories and concepts from comparative politics and international relations, this course investigates how both state and non-state actors are responding to these three inter-connected challenges. Students learn about how countries such as Brazil, South Africa, Germany, Spain, China and the United States are protecting their forests, combating climate change, and maintaining their water supplies. They also analyze the role of intergovernmental organizations, multinational corporations, and activist organizations in the global forest, climate, and water regimes, and how these organizations are working to overcome the collective action challenges they face.

Sub-field = International and Comparative

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.
Satisfies a major requirement in Political Science.
Satisfies a major, interdisciplinary minor and social science track requirement in Environmental Studies.


Offered every other year, in rotation with POL 228.