20 Credits SPRING

Aims/Description: This module will introduce students to political ecology. As a specific critical approach, political ecology puts unequal power relations at the centre of environmental problems and interventions. This module will give students a comprehensive understanding of political ecology - its origins, character, theoretical foundations and analytical traditions. It will apply political ecology to specific environmental issues including climate change, carbon offsetting, environmental conflict and security, forest conservation, environment and state-making, and neoliberal environmentalism. The module aims to equip students with the critical tools for analysing and evaluating the complex interaction of ideological, economic, political and ecological factors shaping environmental change.

Restrictions on availability: Restricted to students studying Single or Dual Degrees in Politics.

Staff Contact: Sarah Moga
Teaching Methods: Seminars, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Politics and International Relations):

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