sap course 1429461992

Course Code & Number:

PSIR 221

Course Title:

Global Environmental Issues

Level of Course:

BS

Credits:

(3+0+0) 3 TEDU Credits, 6 ECTS Credits

Catalog Description:

Global environmental issues and policies. Capitalist growth strategies and environmental problems. International conservation conventions and states’ policies. Civil societal initiatives.

Pre-requisites & Co-requisites:

Pre-requisites: NONE
Co-requisites: NONE
Year of Study: 
Sophomore
Semester: 
Fall
Mode of Delivery: 
Face-to-face
Language of Instruction: 
English
Course Type: 
Elective
Required Reading: 
1. Eddie J. Girdner, and Jack Smith, Killing Me Softly: Toxic Waste, Corporate Profit and the Struggle for Environmental Justice (Monthly Review, 2002).
Course Objective: 

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.

Extended Description: 

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.

Learning Outcomes: 

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

Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods: 
Telling/Explaining
Discussion/Debate
Questioning
Reading
Inquiry
Case Study/Scenarion Analysis
Video Presentations
Oral Presentation
Guest Speakers
Web Searching
Assessment Methods and Criteria: 
Test / Exam
Quiz/Homework
Written Project
Presentation (Oral/Poster)

Student Workload:

Quizzes /Homeworks
32
hrs
Midterm Exam 1
16
hrs
Final Exam
16
hrs
Research Review
16
hrs
Case Study Analysis
16
hrs

Prepared By:

Aylin Özman

Revised By:

sap_editor