POLI 351 Environmental Policy and Politics (Mondays and Wednesdays 9:00-12:00pm)
This course will provide the student with an overview of the many facets of the politics of environmental problems. The focus will be on the domestic level of environmental politics, as POLI 375 (Global Environmental Politics) examines the global dimensions. However, we will use cross-national comparisons to illuminate particular issues. Environmental problems require cooperative behaviour by every actor involved in the social-political-ecological system. Protecting our environment isn’t only a governmental responsibility. Industry and civil society must also share these duties in protecting the global biosphere. This conceptual paradigm (the need for collaboration amongst industry, government and civil society) is used as a framework throughout the course. We will examine current issues such as the politics of climate change in Canada, water governance in Canada, non-regulatory approaches to environmental protection, and the urban politics of Canadian brownfields redevelopment.
The syllabus for the summer session of POLI 351 Environmental Policy and Politics can be found here.