This module seeks to introduce students to the key environmental challenges facing policy makers and their responses to these. We examine key theories such as risk society, ecological modernization and environmental economics and instruments of policy implementation, comparing regulatory, market and voluntary approaches. We explore these in relation to specific areas of environmental policy, but with particular emphasis on climate change and climate change mitigation. We examine policy making at the local, national and supranational level. The programme is delivered through lectures, student presentations and class discussion.
Assessment method: a class test (20%) and a 2,500 word assignment.