GY475 Half Unit
Issues in Environmental Governance
This information is for the 2020/21 session.
Dr Richard Perkins ST.S413, Dr Michael Mason and Dr Eugenie Dugoua
This course is available on the 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 Local Economic Development, MSc in Regulation, MSc in Risk and Finance and MSc in Urban Policy (LSE and Sciences Po). 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 - governing technological change, 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.
In the Department of Geography and Environment, teaching will be delivered through a combination of classes/seminars, pre-recorded lectures, live online lectures, in-person lectures and other supplementary interactive live activities.
This course is delivered through a combination of seminars and lectures across the Lent Term.
This course includes a reading week in Week 6 of Lent Term.
All students are required to make one presentation on an agreed topic: feedback will be provided.
While there is no one single text that covers all aspects of the course, students are advised to consult the following:
Barrett, S. (2005) Environment and Statecraft: The Strategy of Environmental Treaty-Making, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Gupta, A. and M Mason (eds.) (2014) Transparency in Global Environmental Governance, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Li, T. (2007) The Will to Improve: Governmentality, Development and the Practice of Politics. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
Piattoni, S. (2010) The Theory of Multi-level Governance, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Randall, A. (2011) Risk and Precaution, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Take-home assessment (100%) in the ST.
Student performance results
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Important information in response to COVID-19
Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.
Department: Geography & Environment
Total students 2019/20: 12
Average class size 2019/20: 4
Controlled access 2019/20: Yes
Value: Half Unit
Personal development skills
- Team working
- Problem solving