GY475 Half Unit
Issues in Environmental Governance
This information is for the 2017/18 session.
Dr Richard Perkins S413 and Dr Michael Mason S510
This course is available on the MPA in European Policy-Making, MPA in International Development, MPA in Public Policy and Management, MPA in Public and Economic Policy, MPA in Public and Social Policy, MPA in Social Impact, MSc in Development Studies, MSc in Environment and Development, MSc in Environmental Economics and Climate Change, MSc in Human Geography and Urban Studies (Research), MSc in Local Economic Development, MSc in Regulation, MSc in Risk and Finance, MSc in Urban Policy (LSE and Sciences Po) and Master of Public Administration. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.
This course cannot be taken with GY465 Concepts in Environmental Regulation or GY420 Environmental Regulation: Implementing Policy.
The number of students that can be accommodated is limited. If the course is over-subscribed, places will be allocated at the Department’s discretion and a waiting list may be created. For further details, please contact your relevant Programme Coordinator.
This Lent Term course is designed to highlight key themes impacting on environmental regulation across different scales of governance. While the emphasis is on global and transnational policy processes, attention is also paid to the implications of these processes at regional and local scales. The organising framework of 'multi-level governance' suggests new alignments and forms of regulation which require us to consider environmental decision-making within and beyond the territorial authority of a single state. The indicative themes chosen explore distinctive challenges for multi-level governance - collective action, international negotiations, governance beyond the state, and different rationalities of regulation (science, ethics and justice). These themes, which will be explored in student-led seminars, run explicitly or implicitly through many environmental policy debates.
10 hours of lectures and 9 hours of seminars in the LT.
All students are required to make one presentation on an agreed topic: this will be graded with feedback for individual students.
While there is no one single text that covers all aspects of the course, students are advised to consult the following:
Core reading, S. Barrett (2005) Environment and Statecraft: The Strategy of Environmental Treaty-Making, Oxford: Oxford University Press; A. Gupta and M. Mason (eds) (2014) Transparency in Global Environmental Governance, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press; M. Humphreys (ed) (2010) Human Rights and Climate Change, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; S. Piattoni (2010) The Theory of Multi-level Governance, Oxford: Oxford University Press; A. Randall (2011) Risk and Precaution, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; T. Sandler (2004) Global Collective Action, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.
Student performance results
(2013/14 - 2015/16 combined)
|Classification||% of students|
Department: Geography & Environment
Total students 2016/17: 6
Average class size 2016/17: 3
Controlled access 2016/17: Yes
Value: Half Unit
Personal development skills
- Team working
- Problem solving