Syllabus

Title
1330 Elective - Business and the Environment I
Instructors
Mag. Katarzyna Gruszka, Ph.D., Xenia Miklin, BA, MSc (WU), Colleen Schneider, MSc (WU)
Contact details
  • Type
    PI
  • Weekly hours
    2
  • Language of instruction
    Englisch
Registration
09/19/19 to 09/26/19
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Subject(s) Bachelor Programs
Dates
Day Date Time Room
Monday 10/14/19 01:30 PM - 05:30 PM TC.3.12
Monday 10/21/19 01:30 PM - 05:30 PM TC.3.12
Monday 10/28/19 01:30 PM - 05:30 PM TC.3.12
Monday 11/04/19 01:30 PM - 05:30 PM TC.3.12
Monday 11/11/19 01:30 PM - 05:30 PM TC.3.12
Monday 11/18/19 01:30 PM - 05:30 PM TC.3.12

Contents

In this course current environmental challenges will be critically discussed and analyzed from a political economy and distributional perspective. The first part will deal with the global climate crisis and the way of how certain aspects of climate change are percieved and communicated in the public and political discourse. Sessions 3 and 4 will discuss challenges and social, economic and ecological impacts of different climate policy options and international negotiations. The last part of the course will analyze socioecnomic disparities in environmental quality and disaster vulnerability from a climate and environmental justice perspective.

The course is interdisciplinary and will use concepts and literature related to Economics, Ecology, Sociology and Political Science. 

The course structure is as follows:

  1. Introduction and Overview (14.10.2019)
  2. Climate Change and how we talk about it (21.10.2019)
  3. Climate Policy 1 (28.10.2019)
  4. Climate Policy 2 (4.11.2019)
  5. Climate and Environmental Justice (11.11.2019)
  6. Reflection (18.11.2019)

Learning outcomes

Participants of the course will learn to

  • analyze current environmental challenges from a political economy and distributional perspective
  • identify challenges for climate policy and international climate negotiations
  • critical discuss economic, social and ecological impacts of different climate policy options 
  • analyze socioeconomic disparities in environmental quality and disaster vulnerability from a climate and environmental justice perspective

Attendance requirements

80% compulsory attendance

please inform the lecturers beforhand in case you cannot attend a class

Teaching/learning method(s)

  • Short theoretical inputs given by lecturers
  • Group presentations based on selected readings
  • Group discussion led by students
  • In-class group work
  • Discussion of videos, news articles, online material

Assessment

  • Presentation and handout (40%)
  • Comment on other groups presentation (10%)
  • Submission of weekly discussion questions via Learn@wu (20%)
  • Recap/newsflash based on topics of previous session (10%)
  • Class participation (20%)

Additional details regarding the assessment will be discussed in the first class.

Last edited: 2019-09-26



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