Courses & Units

Global Environmental Governance KSM703



The unit explores environmental governance in the context of areas of global concern and shared international management – focusing on the polar regions, the oceans and the global climate. The concepts of sustainable development and the global commons are crucial ideas governance in these areas. This unit discusses the historical development and contested nature of governance in specific controversies including the management of ocean fisheries, protection of marine biodiversity, whaling, conservation of Antarctica, and addressing the threat of climate change. Major issues and concepts covered in the unit include: "good governance" and international development; the theory of the tragedy of the commons and other hypotheses of collective action problems; shared governance of contested spaces and transboundary resources; and the geo-political context of global environmental governance. These issues are explored through case studies from around the world, and will include some consideration of Australia's role in the selected examples.


Unit name Global Environmental Governance
Unit code KSM703
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
Discipline Oceans and Cryosphere
Coordinator Associate Professor Jeffrey McGee
Teaching staff Professor Marcus Haward|Doctor Sarah Fischer
Available as student elective? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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Learning Outcomes

  • 1. understand the principal debates relating to the issues and practices of global environmental governance;
  • 2. understand selected theories of global environmental governance, especially about governance regimes and effectiveness;
  • 3. critically evaluate governments’ and other organisations’ policies and practices relating to the environment, especially in regard to case studies;
  • 4. enhance your problem solving, advocacy and teamwork skills in analyzing and resolving environmental governance problems.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
090999 $1,828.00 $1,432.00 not applicable $1,828.00

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Teaching Pattern

This unit is taught over a five day intensive period of seminars during the Semester 2 mid-semester break

AssessmentClass Participation (20%)|Research Paper (80%)
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There is no single textbook for this unit, however, the following book (available electronically through the library) is very useful as background reading and for several topics during the unit:

Oran Young, 2010, Institutional Dynamics: Emergent Patterns of International Environmental Governance, MIT Press, United States.


An extensive list of recommended readings is provided in the unit outline at the start of Semester 2

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