Global Environmental Politics & Policy

Schools of Public Engagement: Milano General Curriculum

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Global Environ Politics&Policy

Spring 2020

Taught By: Leonardo Figueroa Helland

Section: A

CRN: 5309

Credits: 3

This course examines environmental politics and policy in the global field. It focuses on challenges of environmental and climate justice in the context of persisting inequalities and power relations, and in the face of mounting sociopolitical pressures for radical change. By locating the increasingly complex apparatus of Earth system governance and policy within the global political ecology of the Anthropocene epoch and its breaching of planetary boundaries, this course underlines tensions between global/intergovernmental and trans-local/grassroots approaches to environmental crises. Our examination of environmental politics and policies thus highlights tensions between technocratic and democratic policy-making, reformist and transformational approaches, hegemonic and subaltern methodologies, North/South cleavages, modernist and indigenous knowledges, Western and non-Western ecologies, state-based and social movement-based proposals, issue-specific versus intersectional solutions, and market-based versus commons-based policies and collective actions towards sustainability. After revisiting the histories and structural drivers of global environmental problems through a range of critical, interdisciplinary, intersectional, intercultural and decolonial accounts, we address the ever-expanding agenda of contemporary environmental challenges. We focus on how this expanding environmental agenda has come to imply radical and epochal change across all sectors, including economics, politics, international relations, culture, food, energy, water management, health, demographics, urban planning, security, and social-institutional design as a whole. We examine how diverse global actors, whether (inter)governmental, non-governmental or market-based actors, have responded differently to such increasingly encompassing and urgent pressures for radical environmental change, especially as we explore divergent prognoses and futures stemming from contending approaches to policy and collective action across scales (local to global) and across borders—whether spatial, cultural, social, political or disciplinary. Students will conduct a collaborative research project in relation to organizations or institutions engaged in environmental politics and policy with a global focus. Fulfills EPSM Environmental Policy Requirement (Policy Concentration).

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Milano General Curriculum (NMIL)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 20

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 1:17pm 10/16/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/21/2020 - 5/5/2020