This advanced seminar focuses on fundamental questions and problems of governing global environmental change and the various aspects of research on governance for sustainability. The course introduces current environmental policy problems and approaches, such as climate policy, forest policy, resource policy (circular economy, bioeconomy), environmental crime and human rights, transnational private governance and civic environmentalism. The course then builds a bridge to the theories of policy analysis and international relations and deepens how these theories try to explain empirical processes, events as well as problems. The course is competency-based, special attention is given to political science competencies which are important for the preparation of term papers and theses. Hence, the participants will practice applying learned theories and concepts to concrete cases. In doing so, the analyses will address the process of policy formulation, the main instruments of respective implementation, the role of specific stakeholders, organizations as well as individual states. The seminar concludes with a consideration of new challenges for the governance of global environmental change.
Pattberg, P., & Widerberg, O. (2015). Theorising global environmental governance: key findings and future questions. Millennium, 43(2), 684-705.