AIS4201 - International Relations: Conflict and Cooperation on Environment and Resources Problems

Offering Academic Unit
Department of Asian and International Studies
Credit Units
Course Duration
One Semester
Course Offering Term*:
Semester A 2016/17
Semester A 2017/18 (Tentative)

* The offering term is subject to change without prior notice
Course Aims

This course examine the ways in which environmental challenges are being addressed by means of ‘global governance’-that is, international organizations and institutions intended to deal with these environmental challenges. It aims to (a) introduce students to the historical context of global environmental governance and current policy making on environmental protection and institutional reform; (b) explore legislative perspectives of the conflict and cooperation on international environment and resources problems as well as the different roles that key actors of global environmental politics (e.g., states, IGO, NGOs, and private corporations) may play in policy making; (c) foster the understanding of why the global environmental conflict and cooperation should be viewed as the process of creating and implementing issue-specific regimes based on actor’s, in particular the government, diverging interests and preferences of regime formation through a series of case studies (including but not limited to the development of Montreal Protocol, Convention on Biological Diversity, and Kyoto Protocol, the discussion of marine/ocean issues and related treaties, and the global trade of genetically modified organisms); (d) improve students’ ability to identify obstacles to or pitfalls of the effective creation and implementation of current and future multilateral, regional, or bilateral environmental regimes, and to contemplate options for enhancing compliance and implementation; (e) equip students with a better understanding of what is embedded in the nature of international environmental conflict and cooperation and enable them to engage more effectively in discussing feasible solutions to it.

Assessment (Indicative only, please check the detailed course information)

Continuous Assessment: 100%
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