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This course aims to provide the students with an environmental perspective in the International Relations area. It gives an overview of local, national, international and global environmental issues and policies.
Interdependence and the environment. Sustainable development: The United Nations’ role. Sustainable development: The North-South gap. Enclosure, accumulation and local environmental struggles. The Atmosphere: Global warming and ozone depletion. Pollution. Loss of habitat. Biodiversity and its loss. Natural Resources: World energy and renewable energy. Natural Resources: Land, Mines, water. International security and the environment. Women and Water.
Upon succesful completion of this course, a student will be able to
1. Apply an environmental perspective for International Relations
2. Discuss the connection between the historical enclosure movement and today’s capitalist expansion
3. Describe the relationship between capitalist growth strategies and environmental degradation
4. Explain environmental problems like deforestation, desertification, pollution, urbanization, industrialization
5. Recite international conventions for conservation and various states’ policies
6. Critically evaluate sustainable development and interdependency
7. Analyze global civil society initiatives and civil movements on environmental protection