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PO 270 Environmental Politics: 3 semester hours

This course examines relationships between political forces and environmental change, doing so at the national and international level. We analyze underlying issues central to addressing environmental concerns, such as the tragedy of the commons problems, capitalism, and multilateral diplomacy. And we consider a variety of environmental issues, such as climate change, waste management, and water scarcity. For some parts of the course, students will negotiate in simulations in which they take on the roles of actors with conflicting interests (e.g. countries, international interest groups, and NGOs), and try to formulate tenable solutions to specific problems.