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DHUM 25A01 - International Politics of Climate Change

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

Climate change has now grown from a scientific concern to one of the most pressing issues of our time. This seminar aims to look at the topic from a political viewpoint, and analyze the different mechanisms of cooperation in the fight against climate change. 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 the future of the Kyoto Protocol. The simulation will seek to apply the knowledge and insights gained from the seminar into the design of a new, international cooperation mechanism. The seminars provides an introduction of the politics of climate change, and tries to decipher the political mechanisms involved in the fight against global warming. The seminar should be of interest for all students interested in international relations and environmental policies, and environmental diplomacy in particular. No prerequisite nor prior knowledge of the topic is needed.


GEMENNE, François A. (Senior research associate)

Course validation

Poster : 30% of the mark Policy paper : 20% of the mark Role-playing game : 40% of the mark Participation : 10 % of the mark

Required reading

Stern, N. (2009). The Global Deal. Climate Change and the Creation of a New Era of Progress and Prosperity. New York: Public Affairs.

Additional required reading

  • Hulme, M. Why We Disagree about Climate Change Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
  • Oreskes, N. and Conway, E. Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming. New York: Bloomsbury, 2010.
  • Zaccai, E., Gemenne, F. and Decroly, J.-M. (Ed.) Controverses climatiques, sciences et politique. Paris : Presses de Sciences Po, 2012.
  • Foresight. 2011. Migration and Global Environmental Change. Final Project Report. London: The Government Office for Science.
  • Ionesco D., Mokhnacheva D., Gemenne F. 2016. The Atlas of Environmental Migration. London : Routledge.