University Homepage
DRPS Homepage
DRPS Search
DRPS Contact
DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Geosciences : Postgraduate Courses (School of GeoSciences)

Postgraduate Course: Environmental Governance (PGGE11161)

This course will be closed from 13 January 2017

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will give students an introduction to environmental governance with an aim to fostering critical thinking skills and interdisciplinary expertise at the nature-society interface. Through lectures, group activities, and independant research students will be given a broad over view of the subject and an opportunity to explore specific issues in greater detail. The course capitalises on active learning techniques including group work during class time and small study groups ouside regular meeting hours.
Course description Explore the relationships between international institutions and policies and on the ground civic actions.
Introduce theories of environmental governance ranging from 'free market environmentalism', environmental modernisation and ecological economics to political economy, poltical ecology and postcolonial approaches.
Probe issues of institutional and civic inequalities in relation to environmental issues.
Understand the connections between the different social spheres where environmental governance occus - such as production, distribution and consumption.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
Students will gain an over view of the key theories of environmental governance in circulation today.
Students will be able to critically evaluate and differentiate approaches to environmental governance from a variety of perspectives.
Students will be able to apply theories of governance to specific examples and understanding how the model of governance used is relevant to the issues that emerge in that particular case.
Reading List
Selected references for Environmental Governance 2010-2011

Bäckstrand, K. (2003). Civic Science for Sustainability: Reframing the Role of Experts, Policy-Makers and Citizens in Environmental Governance. Global Environmental Politics, 3(4), 24-41.
Bennett, P. (2000). Environmental governance and private actors: enrolling insurers in international maritime regulation. Political Geography, 19(7), 875-899.
Bulkeley, H. (2005). Reconfiguring environmental governance: Towards a politics of scales and networks. Political Geography, 24(8), 875-902.
Carmody, P. (2009). Cruciform sovereignty, matrix governance and the scramble for Africa's oil: Insights from Chad and Sudan. Political Geography, 28(6), 353-361.
Cashore, B. (2002). Legitimacy and the Privatization of Environmental Governance: How Non-State Market Driven (NSMD) Governance Systems Gain Rule Making Authority. Governance, 15(4), 503-529.
Jordan, A., Wurzel, R. d. K. W., & Zito, A. R. (2003). 'New' Instruments of Environmental Governance: Patterns and Pathways of Change. Environmental Politics, 12(1), 1 - 24.
Raco, M., & Flint, J. (2001). Communities, places and institutional relations: assessing the role of area-based community representation in local governance. Political Geography, 20(5), 585-612.
Sundberg, J. (2003). Conservation and democratization: constituting citizenship in the Maya Biosphere Reserve, Guatemala. Political Geography, 22(7), 715-740.

This list will be updated.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsPGGE11161, environmental governance, governance, natural resources, institutions, international agre
Course organiserDr Andrea Nightingale
Tel: (0131 6)50 2526
Course secretaryMrs Natasa Honeybone
Tel: (0131 6)50 2572
Help & Information
Search DPTs and Courses
Degree Programmes
Browse DPTs
Humanities and Social Science
Science and Engineering
Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Other Information
Combined Course Timetable
Important Information
© Copyright 2016 The University of Edinburgh - 3 February 2017 4:55 am