This course examines the political economy of global environmental issues. Theories of international politics are applied to environmental problems. We will address how environmental problems are defined and identified by scientists and activists and the various political solutions proposed to resolve these problems. Classic and contemporary environmental issues will be discussed. Topics we will focus on include social pressure groups, population pressures, biodiversity, climate change, epistemic communities, regimes, global and regional environmental governance, trade and the environment, sustainable development, environmental refuges, biosaftey, and energy.
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