Host institution
Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich
Online class time
Wednesdays 15:00 - 17:00 (GMT + 2)
(22.04.20 - 22.07.20)
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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

  1. an understanding of the reasons and impacts of climate change
  2. an understanding of the major theoretical approaches to political ecology and related them to the issue of climate change.
  3. an analysis of the processes, mechanisms, and dynamics of climate change politics at the global, national and local levels.
  4. the roles of civil society actors ranging from NGOs to social movements focusing on climate change.
  5. 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