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 2 and 3 of the course will analyze socioecnomic disparities in environmental quality and disaster vulnerability from a climate and environmental justice perspective. Sessions 4 and 5 will discuss challenges and social, economic and ecological impacts of different climate policy options and international negotiations.
The course is interdisciplinary and will use concepts and literature related to Economics, Ecology, Sociology and Political Science.
The course structure is as follows:
- Introduction and Overview
- Climate Change and how we talk about it
- Climate and Environmental Justice
- Economic Approaches to the Environment
- Climate and Environmental Policy
- The European Green Deal