Topics in Comparative Politics
Protest, Politics and Power: Reshaping Global Environmental Governance from the Ground Up
This course begins outside the halls of government power and administration, aiming to understand how a multiplicity of groups and individuals alter and affect global environmental governance. With a focus on non-governmental organizations, grassroots action, and new relationships between citizens and corporations, the course uses analytic tools from political science (including related fields of political sociology and political geography) to help unpack patterns of environmental protest and resistance over time. Drawing on case studies of protests and social movements from around the world—on issues such as hydraulic fracturing, pipelines, water privatization, biofuels, genetically modified organisms, the seal hunt, and more—this course allows students to move beyond borders and states in understanding environmental governance. A central goal of the course is to engage and empower students, as citizens and consumers and scholars, to enact the change they want to see in the world.
Format and Requirements
1.0 POL credit