PIA4201 - International Relations: Conflict and Cooperation on Environment and Resources Problems

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Department of Public and International Affairs
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Course Duration
One Semester
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Not offering in current academic year

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Course Aims

Drawing primarily on theories and insights from international relations and environmental politics, this course examine the ways in which environmental challenges are being addressed by means of ‘global governance’-that is, states, international organizations, and none-state actors face environmental challenges. The course 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 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) play; (c) foster understanding of why global environmental conflicts and cooperation should be viewed as a process of creating and implementing issue-specific regimes based on diverging interests of actors through a series of case studies (including but not limited to the United Nations climate change negotiations, dam building along the Mekong, and haze in Singapore); (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 creation and implementation of these regimes; (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.

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