Global Environmental Politics
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: University-wide Programs
Department: University Lecture Program
Course Number: ULEC 2590
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Politics
  • Global Studies
Environmental problems that reach across borders are among the most pressing issues facing us today, including biodiversity loss, climate change, and ocean depletion. Yet while the scales may be international or global, these environmental issues are generated in highly charged local contexts that bring people, animals, plants, rocks, and technology into collision in unusual ways. The course investigates how these diverse actors come together in global environmental politics, using concepts of power, sovereignty, resistance, and surveillance to make sense of these relations. In the first part of the course, we discuss some common political ways of framing global environmental problems. The remainder of the course will focus on specific case studies, ranging from the environmental surveillance of migratory leatherback turtles in the Atlantic Ocean, to the changing nature of wilderness preservation, to the wolves, moose, and scientists who co-inhabit an isolated island in Lake Superior.
Course Open to: Degree Students
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Students must register for both the lecture and discussion section of this course.


Open to Undergraduate students.