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BSPO 1610A - Environmental Politics

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 40

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The objective of the course is to explore the articulation between environmental attitudes and worldviews and how they contribute to shape green political action in a context where the imminence of a global ecological crisis (global warming, threats on biodiversity, scarcity of resources) is no longer really in question. Having analysed how different conceptions of nature shape our attitudes to its enjoyment, understanding and exploitation, we will then reflect on the role of individuals in contemporary politics, from collective mobilisation in movements and parties to the emergence of the “citizen-consumer”. We will contrast the parliamentary (green parties, greening the mainstream) and the extra-parliamentary strategies of environmental movements (associations, the rise of lobbying) and analyse the role of the media and economic interests. We will explore the challenges to environmentally friendly public policies at the national and international levels.


  • FAUCHER, Florence (Research director CEE, Sciences Po)
  • TAILLANDIER, Apolline (Teaching Assistant, Phd Student)

Course validation

Mid term essay or book review nd final exam on the course (readings and lectures). Participation in class assignments and discussions.

Required reading

  • John S. Dryzek, Richard B. Norgaard, and David Schlosberg, Climate-Challenged Society, Oxford University Press, 2013
  • Rockström Johan, “A safe operating space for humanity”, Nature, 461(24), 2009
  • Neil Carter, The politics of the environment: ideas, activism, policy, CUP 2007

Additional required reading

  • Philippe Squarzoni, Climate Changed: A Personal Journey Through the Science TP, Abrams ComicArts, 2014, 480p.