Climate change politics issues actors and debates


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 Turkey 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 we will study how actors and on the local level in Turkey relate to the actors and arenas at the international level, and how the climate justice movement in Turkey compares to others around the world. In the last part of the course 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 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 in Turkey within an international context.

4. the roles of civil society actors ranging from NGOs to social movements in Turkey 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