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Cursus: GEO1-2414
GEO1-2414
Politics of the Earth
Cursus informatie
CursuscodeGEO1-2414
Studiepunten (ECTS)7,5
Categorie / Niveau1 (Bachelor Inleiding)
CursustypeCursorisch onderwijs
VoertaalEngels
Aangeboden doorFaculteit Geowetenschappen; Undergraduate School Geowetenschappen; B Sustainable Development;
Contactpersoondr. R. Kim
E-mailR.Kim@uu.nl
Docenten
Docent
dr. C. Dieperink
Overige cursussen docent
Docent
dr. G. Feola
Overige cursussen docent
Contactpersoon van de cursus
dr. R. Kim
Overige cursussen docent
Docent
dr. H.L.P. Mees
Overige cursussen docent
Docent
dr. J.M. Vervoort
Overige cursussen docent
Blok
3  (04-02-2019 t/m 19-04-2019)
Aanvangsblok
3
TimeslotC: MA-middag/namiddag,DI-middag, DO-ochtend
Onderwijsvorm
Voltijd
Cursusinschrijving geopendvanaf 29-10-2018 08:00 t/m 25-11-2018 23:59
AanmeldingsprocedureOsiris
Inschrijven via OSIRISJa
Inschrijven voor bijvakkersJa
VoorinschrijvingNee
Na-inschrijvingJa
Na-inschrijving geopendvanaf 21-01-2019 08:00 t/m 22-01-2019 23:59
WachtlijstNee
PlaatsingsprocedureStudiepunt/Student desk
Cursusdoelen
At the end of this course, you will be able to:
  1. explain key concepts such as governance, power, institutions, and discourses, and apply these concepts to cases of local, national, regional, and global environmental governance;
  2. analytically assess different environmental discourses and explain how these shape interests of a multitude of actors and their political positions concerning environmental issues;
  3. explain and critically reflect on key structural and functional characteristics of governance arrangements at local, national, regional, and global levels, and the role of key actors and institutions within multi-level environmental governance;
  4. analyse policies on a sustainability problem and make evidence-based policy advice to a decision-maker in the form of a policy brief; and
  5. propose and analyse an array of governance reform options, predict their likely effects, and explain ways to address any unintended consequences.
Inhoud
In this course, we consider environmental issues as a crisis of governance. The course introduces you to political aspects of anthropogenic environmental change at and across various levels of social organization. It offers a survey of the complex institutional terrain in which environmental change is problematized and tackled, as well as the political and governance processes related to sustainability issues.

At the core of the course are ten ‘storytelling’ lectures that draw on a diverse range of real-world examples, aided by various audio-visual materials. The introductory lecture explores what the politics of the Earth is about and why we study it. The three lectures that follow expose you to different ways in which we apprehend environmental affairs (where we draw boundaries and how we frame problems), how we organize our society in pursuit of sustainability, and some of the key analytical problems of Earth system governance. These lectures on key tools, ideas, and concepts are followed by a series of problem-oriented lectures that focus on different issue areas such as climate, ocean, water, and biodiversity. Governance challenges of each of these environmental problems are studied at a particular scale or level at which the problem is conceptualized and solutions implemented (i.e., global, regional, national, and local). Then these levels and issues are brought together in a separate lecture where we examine the complex dynamics of multi-level, multi-sector governance for sustainability. The concluding lecture discusses some of the key challenges of and opportunities for transformative environmental governance of a ‘new’ Earth in the Anthropocene.

The ten lectures are supported by seven interactive tutorials in five smaller groups students. The tutorials are designed to aid understanding of the politics of the Earth with various interactive activities, games, and analyses, as well as practical exercises for the purpose of assessment.

The course is designed not only to introduce Earth’s politics as a subject of scholarly enquiry, but also to equip you with necessary skills and knowledge to be a change agent for a sustainable future. In the end, you will have a better understanding of how the system of Earth system governance works at and across different levels of social organization, and how its effectiveness could be improved for humanity to navigate through complex, interrelated environmental problems in the decades to come.

This course is the entry requirement for:
  • Sustainable Land Use (GEO3-2121)
  • Bachelors thesis GSS (GEO3-2422), track GST.











 
Ingangseisen
Je moet ingeschreven staan voor één van de volgende opleidingen:
- Global Sustainability Science
- Liberal Arts and Sciences
- Milieu-maatschappijwetenschappen
- Sociale geografie en planologie
Voorkennis
• Liberal Arts and Sciences students must be registered for the major GSD, MMW or SG.
• Students registered for the minor GSD may also take this course. They can contact Erika Dijksma (E.B.Dijksma@uu.nl).
Verplicht materiaal
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Werkvormen
Lectures

Algemeen
For specific information: see course manual

Voorbereiding bijeenkomsten
Students are expected to prepare themselves for lectures and tutorials by reading the assigned texts, as stipulated in the course syllabus.

Bijdrage aan groepswerk
Part of the assignments ("governance reform proposal") will be made in groups. In these cases, team members are jointly responsible for the quality of their end product.

Tutorials

Algemeen
For specific information: see course manual

Voorbereiding bijeenkomsten
Students are expected to prepare themselves for lectures and tutorials by reading the assigned texts, as stipulated in the course syllabus.

Bijdrage aan groepswerk
Part of the assignments ("governance reform proposal") will be made in groups. In these cases, team members are jointly responsible for the quality of their end product.

Toetsen
Eindresultaat
Weging100
Minimum cijfer-

Beoordeling
• Mid-term test (15%)
• Policy brief (individual written project) (35%)
• Governance reform proposal (group presentation) (20%)
• Final exam (20%)
• Tutorial participation (10%)

Aspecten van academische vorming
Academisch denken, werken en handelen
Bestuderen en analyseren van informatie
Samenwerken met anderen, werken in teamverband
Wetenschappelijke context
Maatschappelijke / culturele context
Ethisch perspectief
Rapporteren over onderzoek - schriftelijk
Rapporteren over onderzoek - mondeling

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