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SIS-620
Studies in Global Environmental Politics (3)

Course Level: Graduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Rotating topics include water; food and agriculture; climate and energy; policy analysis; sustainable design; comparative environmental politics; and environmental security. Usually offered every term.

SIS-620
001
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Studies in Global Environmental Politics (3)

Global Climate Change

An interdisciplinary look at the history, science, policy, and politics of preventing global climate change. This course, for non-specialists as well as environmental studies students, focuses on how we created one of humanity's biggest problems and how to solve it, particularly through education, communications, organizing, and advocacy.

SIS-620
002
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Studies in Global Environmental Politics (3)

Political Ecology of Food and Agriculture

Food presents a unique lens to examine political, cultural, and technological connections to environment and development. This course provides students with an introduction to political ecology and its approach to global food studies. Students use political ecology and social theory paradigms to examine industrial and alternative food networks, including their impacts on the environment, communities, and rural development. Students also examine how food policy and the global food trading system shape these networks and local environments, communities, and development practices.

SIS-620
003
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Studies in Global Environmental Politics (3)

Water Governance

Examines international and cross-national dimensions of water politics and policy. Major themes include international and comparative water law; cooperation and conflict in shared river basins; water, poverty, and economic development; transnational activism and civil society; water, violent conflict, and peacebuilding; water and climate change.

SIS-620
004
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Studies in Global Environmental Politics (3)

Sustainable Design and LEED Training

Following the structure of the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for green building rating systems, this course combines discussions of theories on sustainable design; field work on specific environmental topics ranging from sustainable sites through innovation in design; and directed study of the LEED Reference Guides and rating systems, with the goal of achieving the LEED Green Associate credential through examination.

SIS-620
005
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Studies in Global Environmental Politics (3)

Water Governance

Examines international and cross-national dimensions of water politics and policy. Major themes include international and comparative water law; cooperation and conflict in shared river basins; water, poverty, and economic development; transnational activism and civil society; water, violent conflict, and peacebuilding; water and climate change. Open only to students in the MA in Global Environmental Policy or MA in International Affairs: Natural Resources and Sustainable Development. Meets with SIS-620 003.

SIS-620
004
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Studies in Global Environmental Politics (3)

Policy Analysis for Global Environmental Politics

Provides critical literacy in the major policy-analytic techniques used in environmental policy, including cost-benefit analysis, risk assessment, impact assessment, multi-stakeholder processes, effectiveness assessment, conflict/post-conflict assessment, sustainability indicators, and social marketing. Emphasis is placed on analytic techniques most commonly used in and around international institutions.

SIS-620
003
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Studies in Global Environmental Politics (3)

The Future of Environmentalism

How can we best understand and respond to global environmental problems at this unique historical moment? This course explores cutting-edge thinking about ethics, politics, and philosophical underpinnings of contemporary environmental efforts in order to discern the most promising trajectories of environmental engagement.

SIS-620
001
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Studies in Global Environmental Politics (3)

Urban Political Ecology

The twenty-first century is an urban century; for the first time in history more than half of the world's population lives in cities. While urban activities fuel capitalism, cities are also key arenas for struggles around social justice, resources, infrastructure, and space. This course draws primarily from urban political ecology and associated critical theories to unpack the power relations underlying society-nature interactions and the political and policy impulses that seek to alter them. Topics include infrastructure privatization, informality, disasters, race and pollution, derived from cases both in the North and the South.

SIS-620
005
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Studies in Global Environmental Politics (3)

Political Ecology of Waste

This course examines how waste is produced and managed in developed and developing countries, and the merits and feasibility of zero-waste visions. Students look at how waste management paradigms are integrated with consumption and production patterns, and how waste-related practices are influenced by factors such as geography, political economy, public policies, ideologies, and political institutions.

SIS-620
002
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Studies in Global Environmental Politics (3)

Building a Post-Carbon World

The world needs, for a host of pressing reasons, to wean itself from fossil fuels. The need is clear, but the path less so. This practice-oriented course examines the options available for constructing a post-carbon world. The class spends significant time looking at different prescriptions for a post-carbon energy system and economy, and examines the different policy instruments and other actions by which such large-scale transition can be made real. The course is also project-based, and is built around engagement with real-world examples of individuals and institutions moving beyond carbon.