GY474      Half Unit
Politics of Environment and Development

This information is for the 2019/20 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Kasia Paprocki STC 4.21b and Dr Julia Corwin STC 4.14


This course is compulsory on the MPhil/PhD in Environmental Policy and Development and MSc in Environment and Development. This course is available on the MSc in Development Management, MSc in Development Studies, MSc in Environmental Economics and Climate Change and MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

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.



Course content

This course explores key themes at the intersection of development and environmental politics. Specifically, the course is centred on the applications of political ecology, critical development studies, and materialist human geography to topics in environment and development. In exploring the complex relationships between historical dynamics of development, inequality, and the environment, it covers a range of important natural resource and environmental issues, such as climate change, conservation, waste, and environmental social movements.


15 hours of lectures and 10 hours of seminars in the LT.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce 1 short video in the LT summarising the key themes of key course texts

Indicative reading


Essay (80%, 3000 words) in the ST.
Coursework (20%, 1500 words) in the LT.

Key facts

Department: Geography & Environment

Total students 2018/19: Unavailable

Average class size 2018/19: Unavailable

Controlled access 2018/19: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills