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MSc Environmental Governance / Course details

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
The Politics of Global Climate Change

Course unit fact file
Unit code POLI71141
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Politics
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


The course unit aims to:

  1. Explore the politics of climate change, at multiple scales and through a range of perspectives.
  2. Develop students’ research skills.
  3. Develop students’ capacities for collaborative work and group learning.

Teaching and learning methods

Unless conditions change radically, it is envisaged that the course will proceed through face-to-face weekly seminars. These will combine regular discussion of academic texts, with group work in small groups, each focused on a specific country, to analyse the theme in detail in that country and discuss differences across countries.

Knowledge and understanding

Understand the key perspectives on climate change politics, and have detailed empirical knowledge of the patterns of climate change governance

Intellectual skills

understand the importance of conceptual framing for how the politics of climate change are shaped.


Practical skills

develop further their research and argumentation skills through the development of a group presentation and a research paper.