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2012/13 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

PIED5524M International Politics and The Environment

15 creditsClass Size: 17

Module manager: Dr Hugh Dyer
Email: h.c.dyer@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2012/13

Module replaces

PIED5562M

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

Form of teaching: 5 weekly seminars x 2 hours commencing week 1Why should I take this Module?This module will provide an introduction, at postgraduate level, to the international politics of global environmental change - an important and growing area of the international agenda. Students will acquire a broad base of knowledge and understanding in the relevant issues and arguments, and be able to develop more specialised knowledge through focussed research leading to the assessed essay. On completion of the module, students should be able to analyse the emerging international relations of the environment in a global context. Transferable skills of research, presentation and writing will be developed through the course work and assessed essay.Introduction: environment in international relationsLimits of the stateRegimes in the international systemGlobal commons: oceans, antarctica, atmosphere, spaceInternational agreements & institutionsBrief Reading List Brenton, T. The Greening of Machiavelli: The Evolution of International Environmental PoliticsEckersley, R. The Green State: rethinking democracy and sovereignty Elliott, L. The Global Politics of the EnvironmentVogler, J. & M. Imber The Environment and International RelationsYoung, O. International Cooperation: Building Regimes for Natural Resources and the Environment

Objectives

This module will provide an introduction, at postgraduate level, to the international politics of global environmental change and an important and growing area of the international agenda.

Learning outcomes
- On completion of the module, students should be able to analyse the emerging international politics of the environment in a global context.
- Transferable skills of research, presentation and writing will be developed through the course work and assessed essay.

Skills outcomes
Students will acquire a broad base of knowledge and understanding in the relevant issues and arguments, and be able to develop more specialised knowledge through focussed research leading to the assessed essay.


Syllabus

1. Environment in international relations
2. Limits of the state
3. Regimes in the international system
4. Global commons: oceans, antarctica, atmosphere, space
5. International agreements & institutions

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Seminar52.0010.00
Private study hours140.00
Total Contact hours10.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

- Reading and research and preparation for seminar discussions and presentations
- reading and research for essay preparation

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Non-assessed draft essays submitted during semester receive feedback from tutor.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay3,000 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/04/2013

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