SemesterFall Semester, 2023
DepartmentInternational Master's Program in Asia-Pacific Studies, First Year International Master's Program in Asia-Pacific Studies, Second Year
Course NameGlobal Environmental Governance
Course TypeElective
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule



Week 1

Introduction to the Course

What is environmental politics? 

Week 2

What is the environmental problem? Philosophical Debates on the environment

Week 3

Driving Forces, Institutions and Actors in Environmental Politics: How do the driving forces achieve a sustainable society?

Week 4

Environmental Challenges: What are some of the main problems human beings have created / are facing nowadays?

Week 5

The making of environmental policy: Where does power lie in environmental policymaking?

Week 6

The politics of science and the shaping of public opinion

Week 7

Mid-term test

Week 8

Sustainable development and economic growth: The relationship between the legal order of free trade and environmental protection

Week 9

Effectiveness of international environmental regimes?

Week 10

Selected issues in global environmental politics (I):

Environmental Problems in Authoritarian regime

Week 11

Selected issues in global environmental politics (II):

Environmental Problems and environmental movement


Week 12

Selected issues in global environmental politics (III):

Transboundary environmental problems in ASEAN


Week 13

Group presentation (I)

Week 14

Group presentation (II)


Week 15



Week 16

Paper Preparation & Consultation


Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant

Teaching Assistant Information


Coursework: 100%


Class participation:                 20% (10% class participation; 10% seminar)

Mid-term In-class Test:            40%

Group Project:                      30% (10%: simulation; 15%: brief paper; 5% discussant)

TOTAL:                                  100%

Textbook & Reference

Required textbook:

Neil Carter, The Politics of the Environment: Ideas, Activism, Policy, 2nd ed. UK: Cambridge Press, 2007. 

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