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This course is structured in three parts. It will start with a general overview of recent conceptual developments in the field of global environmental politics. In particular, we will discuss the emerging paradigm of the Anthropocene, which is a proposed term for a new geological epoch starting with the Industrial Revolution when human activities began to have a significant impact on the earth’s ecosystems. Against this background, we will address the question of how this concept changes our understanding of global environmental governance, both in theoretical and practical terms. Finally, we will examine the implications of this new phenomenon for contemporary global (environmental) policy-making by focusing on a number of illustrative examples of human-induced global environmental problems, such as climate change, biodiversity loss and the disruption of biogeochemical cycles.
Biermann, Frank; et al. (2012). Navigating the Anthropocene: Improving Earth System Governance. Science 335 (6074): 1306-1307.
Biermann, Frank (2014). The Anthropocene: A Governance Perspective. The Anthropocene Review 1 (1): 57-61.
Biermann Frank (forthcoming). Earth System Governance: World Politics in the Anthropocene. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Hardin, G. (1968). The Tragedy of the Commons. Science 162 (3859): 1243-1248.
Rockström, Johan; et al. (2009). Planetary Boundaries: Exploring the Safe Operating Space for Humanity. Ecology and Society 14 (2): 472-475.
Steffen, Will; Crutzen, Paul J.; McNeill, John R. (2007). The Anthropocene: Are Humans Now Overwhelming the Great Forces of Nature. Ambio: A Journal of the Human Environment 36 (8): 614-621.
Steffen Will; et al. (2011). The Anthropocene: Conceptual and Historical Perspectives. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences. 369 (1938): 842–867.
Regular attendance and active participation, detailed reading of compulsory texts, short presentation and term paper (ca. 4.500 words)
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