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OADD 2185 - Environment, Conflicts and Human Security

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

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Pre-requisite

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Course Description

This course will focus on the theories and historical/empirical evidence on the linkages between environment and human security. Our primary interest will be directed to environmental threats and risks, broadly defined to include climate change, water scarcity, resource extraction and usage, urbanization, financial portfolios or food insecurity. We will develop the consequences of theses risks and threats on human security, defining new responses and solutions.

The role of multiple and diverse stakeholders, and the spatial scale of disputes or agreements over these issues will also be considered.

Environment and human securities problems will also be linked to a broader literature on the management of public goods and the norms and laws for mediating conflict over environmental issues at different jurisdictional levels.

The course format will include both lectures and facilitated class discussions of the issues raised in each week's readings. Students are expected to do all the required reading for each week to participate effectively in class. Regular attendance is essential for the successful completion of the course.

Students will also write a research paper. Working with the instructors, they will choose a topic relevant to the course, develop a research question and submit a preliminary version around mid-term; the final version will be submitted at the end of the course.

At the end of the course students will be able to understand the linkages between these different fields of knowledge, understand the evolving nature of the concept of human security and the different governance problems it raises. They will be invited to think about innovative responses to these threats.

Teachers

  • CERISOLA, Anne-Sophie (Responsable du pilotage de la stratégie Europe et international du ministère)
  • TUBIANA, Laurence (Professeur associé, Directrice scientifique à PSIA)

Pedagogical format

Students are expected to read all of the assigned material in advance as a way to prepare for an extensive in-class discussion. The instructors will lead most of the classes, while 2-4 guest lecturers will contribute in selected dates.

Course validation

The classes will follow a seminar style, in which students are expected to read all of the assigned material in advance as a way to prepare for an extensive in-class discussion. The instructors will lead most of the classes, while 2-3 guest lecturers will take over in selected dates. The instructors' presentations, readings, and in-class debates will be complemented with a variety of smaller assignments. Each student will complete a research paper: in draft form to be discussed with the instructors by mid-semester, and as a final version at the end of the semester.

Required reading

Please refer to course outline

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