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Global Climate and Environmental Politics

Global environmental problems are increasingly dealt with and regulated by international organizations such as the United Nations, the European Union as well as intergovernmental environmental organizations like the United Nations Environmental Programme and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

This course aims at providing deepened insight into the current research on global environmental politics focusing on international climate politics. It highlights competing theories within international relations studying collaboration and conflicts concerning international environmental and natural resource issues.

The course deals with the relationship between states, international organizations, the scientific community, and non-governmental acors (e.g. the environmental movement and companies) as well as the role of thesedifferent actors in intergovernmental climate change negotiations, international regimes, transnational environmental regulations and the political economy. The course problematizes how issues of power, sovreignty, legitimacy, effectivity and justice are expressed in the negotiations and implementation of international climate politics.

  • Course structure

    Teaching format

    The teaching is conducted in the form of lectures and seminars.


    Seminars are compulsory. The course requires a) active and constructive participation in seminars, b) seminarpresentations, c) completion of seminar assignments and take-home exam.

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
  • Contact

    Course responsible teacher
    Naghmeh Nasiritousi

    Student counsellor

    Student office