Accueil > International politics of climate change


Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This course aims to look at the issue of climate change from a political viewpoint, and analyze the different mechanisms of cooperation that address global warming. The first part provides an appraisal of climate change as a political issue: it examines how environmental issues, and climate change in particular, became a topic on the international agenda. The second part addresses the intertwining relationship that exists between international relations and climate change: how does diplomacy influence climate talks, and how does global warming impact upon the relations between states? Finally, in the third part of the seminar, students will be asked to put themselves in the shoes of UN delegates in a role-playing game simulating discussions on a future international environmental agreement.


GEMENNE, François A. (Senior research associate)

Required reading

  • Giddens A., 2009, The Politics of Climate Change, London, Polity
  • Luterbacher U. & Sprinz D. (ed.), 2001, International Relations and Global Climate Change, Cambridge (MA), MIT Press
  • Sjöstedt, G., 2007, Climate Change Negotiations: A Guide to Resolving Disputes and Facilitating Multilateral Cooperation, New York, Earthscan
  • Stern N. (Dir.) (2007), The Economics of Climate Change, The Stern Review, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press

Additional required reading

  • Adger W.N., Paavola J., Huq S. & Mace M.J. (eds), 2006, Fairness in Adaptation to Climate Change, Cambridge (MA), MIT Press
  • Broadhead, L., 2002, International Environmental Politics : The Limits of Green Diplomacy, Boulder (CO), Lynne Riener
  • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) (2007), Climate Change 2007 : Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability : Working Group II Contribution to the Fourth Assessment Report of the IPCC. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press
  • Kaul, I., Grunberg, I. & Stern, M. (eds), 1999, Global Public Goods: International Cooperation in the 21st Century, New York (NY), Oxford University Press
  • Moser S. & Dilling L. (EDS), 2007, Creating a Climate for Change: Communicating Climate Change and Facilitating Social Change, Cambridge(MA), Cambridge University Press
  • Roberts, J.T. & Parks B., 2006, A Climate of Injustice : Global Inequality, North-South Politics, and Climate Policy, Cambridge (MA), MIT Press
  • Van Kooten, G.C. (2004), Climate Change Economics. Why International Accords Fail, New York (NY), Edward Elgar