MA Political Economy (Standard Route) / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

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Course unit details:
The Politics of Global Climate Change

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

The course will be taught on the basis of ten two hour seminars. Seminars 1-4, and 9-10, will be based on key readings for those topics. Seminars 5-8 will be based on group presentations. Seminars will require active learning and participation by students both via plenary discussion and small group work. The group presentation is assumed to be connected to the topic of the students’ research paper, and provision will be made for the possibility of submission of research papers by groups rather than individuals.

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.