The unit is taught as an intensive 5-day block of seminars which will be held during the Semester 2 mid-semester break (i.e. late August/early September). Students will participate in these seminars either in person or online, depending on their mode of enrolment. Following these seminars, students will write a research paper on a relevant topic of interest, as approved by the unit Coordinator, for submission at the end of the semester.
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|
|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|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
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- Explain principal debates relating to the issues and practices of global environmental governance.
- Analyse an environmental issue or problem by applying key theories of global environmental governance.
- Evaluate governments’ and other organisations’ policies and practices relating to the environment.
- Analyse and manage environmental governance problems using problem solving, advocacy and teamwork skills.
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2||Domestic Full Fee|
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2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
3 Please refer to more information on eligibility for HECS-HELP.
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This unit is taught over a five day intensive period of seminars during the Semester 2 mid-semester break. This unit can also accommodate online students who are unable to attend Hobart during the 5-day intensive.
|Assessment||Written research proposal (10%)|Oral presentation (20%)|International Environmental Negotiation (20%)|Research Paper (50%)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
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:
An extensive list of recommended readings is provided in the unit outline at the start of Semester 2
|Links||Booktopia textbook finder|
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