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OADI 2070 - Multilateral Diplomacy: the Case of Climate

Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

Course Objectives : This course provides an in-depth examination of the evolving nature, approaches and outcomes of diplomacy in dealing with profound environmental challenges affecting the contemporary international system, notably climate change, and how the practice of diplomacy can be adapted to global, regional/national and local levels and across multiple sectors. The course evaluates traditional and non-traditional approaches to diplomacy, taking into consideration the strategies of both state and non-state actors as well as international and regional organizations. The course employs various analytical frameworks and case studies for further understanding the mechanisms driving global environmental change and international politics. Ultimately, the course aims to help students gain a deeper appreciation of global environmental governance, as well as the margins of maneuverability within it for improving outcomes. It combines lectures, class discussion, reviews and written assignments.


  • TUBIANA, Laurence (Professeur associé, Directrice scientifique à PSIA, Sciences Po)
  • WANG, Zhuangzhuang (PhD Student)

Course validation

Course Evaluation & Assignments: Class Participation: (10%) Students will be expected to attend all lectures and participate in class discussion, responding to debates and presentations by the professor and students. Individual or group midterm paper (20%) At the beginning of the semester, students will be asked to choose a topic in climate change of their choice, which will be the basis of both the midterm and final paper. The midterm paper will be a developed first draft of the final paper, including a draft outline of the paper contents, the general problem/challenge the paper seeks to explore, and an introduction to the relevant strategies available to treat this challenge. At this stage, students are asked to submit evidence of relevant readings and reference articles, as well as a brief reason for the selection of this topic. The midterm will be due on March 17th both by email to and a hard copy in class. Students will receive brief feedback and support on their midterms, which will allow for the development of insights for their final paper submission. Individual or group review of press coverage on a specific session topic: (30%) Students are expected to provide a press packet relating to a specific course topic two weeks prior to the session. This exercise can be done individually or as a group. The packet should comprise press clippings that relate to the lessons learned from your readings, should be balanced and well presented. This should prepare students to be particularly active and critical during that particular class session. If you have any questions relating to this exercise, do not hesitate to contact your TA. Individual or group final paper: (40%) The final paper will continue to develop the ideas raised within the midterm paper. The final paper should thus include a clear description of general climate change problem/challenge, a delineation of the relevant strategies available to treat with this challenge (if any), as well as potential recommendations to address the stated problem/challenge or enhance available options. In this light, the paper should treat with potential strategies by including information on the likelihood of strategy uptake/approval/relevance, possibilities for financing as well as thoughts on implementation and sustainability. The paper can also include an identification of the specific stakeholders relevant to the strategy, as well as ways to successfully engage them, in addition to strengths and weaknesses associated with the recommendations and strategies suggested. The Final Paper for this course will be due on May 6th (to be confirmed), by email. More information on the final essay requirements and formatting will be in time. Examples of papers that have been graded A by the Professor will be circulated for your reference only.

Required reading

Lectures Will be announce in class