AIP245 - Environmental Politics


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 1-hour lecture per week, 1 x 1-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - online

1 x 1-hour lecture per week (recordings provided), 1 x 1-hour online seminar per week


Environmental problems, such as climate change, constitute one of the biggest policy challenges facing governments around the world. The difficulty which many states, including Australia, have had in implementing effective policy responses to this environmental challenge is one of the key political puzzles of the twenty first century. This unit explores the ways in which state, non-state and international organisations understand environmental problems and the diverse policy actions that have been proposed and/or taken in response. Five main themes are covered. These are: the unique challenge environmentalism poses to existing political ideologies and forms of political organisation; the relationship between the economy and environment; globalisation and the environment; international environmental politics; and the politics of climate change. These themes highlight both continuities and discontinuities with existing local, national and global political structures created by environmental problems. A range of specific issues such as sustainable development, carbon trading, consumption, environmental justice and the environmental implications of economic growth, trade and finance are also explored, using Australian and international case studies. 

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