ENP-30306 International Environmental Policy


Studiepunten 6.00

Individual Paper1
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)dr. A Gupta
Lecturer(s)dr. A Gupta
IM Möller
Examiner(s)dr. A Gupta

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

Some basic knowledge of environmental policy will facilitate acquiring insight into international environmental policies.

Continuation courses:

ENP 39306, Advanced International Environmental Politics and Diplomacy

Thesis Environmental Policy


The course provides a comprehensive introduction to the theory and practice of international environmental politics. Students will learn how the international community deals with environmental problems of a transboundary nature. This includes discussion of the historical evolution of international environmental policymaking and diverse conceptual perspectives (or worldviews) on transnational environmental problems and their relationship to economic and political globalization. We will then analyse the making of international environmental policy in specific issue-areas such as stratospheric ozone depletion, climate change, deforestation, marine pollution, biodiversity and forests. Dominant theoretical approaches in international relations and global governance will be used to explain the making, implementation and effectiveness of international environmental policy in these diverse areas. The emphasis will be on understanding international environmental policy as a contentious area of international economic and political relations. New debates and trends in multilevel and networked environmental governance in an era of the Anthropocene will be presented and discussed, including networked governance, digitalized environmental governance and governance by transparency.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- demonstrate knowledge of the historical evolution of international environmental policy;
- demonstrate understanding of the main challenges facing international environmental policy-making;
- analyse the changing role of states and non-state actors in international environmental policymaking;
- analyse creation and implementation of international environmental policy, and evaluate the effectiveness of international environmental policies;
- analyse the advantages and disadvantages of innovative public-private and private environmental governance arrangements.


The course consists of the following activities:
- plenary lectures;
- literature reviews;
- an individual paper.


The written exam will be based on plenary lectures and readings, which will be 60% of the final mark;
The individual paper will be 40% of the final mark;
Literature reviews will be graded with pass/fail.


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A course outline can be obtained upon request from the course coordinator.

Keuze voor: MESEnvironmental SciencesMScB: Spec. B - Environmental Policy and Economics4WD
MCLClimate StudiesMScE: Spec. E - Climate, Society and Economics4WD
BEBEconomics and GovernanceBSc4WD