Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich
Online class time
Wednesdays 15:00 - 17:00 (GMT + 2)
(22.04.20 - 22.07.20)
Climate change politics: issues actors and debates
About this course
This course aims to analyze climate change in depth by looking at the political, economic, and social processes at work that produce ineffective governance of the issue. First, we will cover basic concepts and definitions to understand the issue at hand and how it can be studied. Next, actors and arenas at the international, national, and local levels will be studied by building their links. Emphasis will be put on the transnational climate movement- namely, the Climate Justice Movement- and local climate mobilizations in various parts of the world. We will discuss global climate policy making by examining the UNFCC, COPs, and associated agreements. Finally, the course will show that climate change is a political, economic, and social issue that reproduces and exacerbates social inequalities and injustices. We will explore possible alternative efforts in Turkey and beyond under the rubric of “climate justice” that aim to tackle these injustices and inequalities while addressing the climate crisis.
What you'll learn
- an understanding of the reasons and impacts of climate change
- an understanding of the major theoretical approaches to political ecology and related them to the issue of climate change.
- an analysis of the processes, mechanisms, and dynamics of climate change politics at the global, national and local levels.
- the roles of civil society actors ranging from NGOs to social movements focusing on climate change.
- the concept of climate justice as well as concepts such as energy democracy, food sovereignty, commons, and de-growth that lead to low carbon pathways
A full outline of the course syllabus can be found here.
Meet your instructor
Dr. Baran Alp Uncu is a political sociologist who specializes on social movements and environmental politics. After receiving his MA degree at McGill University, he completed his PhD in sociology at the London School of Economics. He worked as a faculty member at Marmara University between 2007-2017. As part of the purge against the Academics for Peace in Turkey, he was expelled from Marmara University. He continues his academic work as an independent researcher in collaboration with civil society organizations and research institutions. His main fields of interest are social movements, civil society, globalization, and climate politics. He has carried out research on environmental movements (Bergama Movement, Northern Forest Defence (KOS)), politics of climate change, and Gezi protests in Turkey. Additionally, he conducted several research projects on other topics such as political and social behavior of conservatives, youth and social and economic conditions of Syrian refugees in Turkey. He has been currently engaged in the Cities For Climate campaign by 350.org Turkey, and he is the author of Climate for Cities campaign book.