Environmental Policy and Sustainable Development
Political Science 100, 101, or 202; OR Geography 100
The Political Science course is designed to discuss the real world policy instruments being utilized around the world to deal with environmental concerns like global warming, climate change, water scarcity, oil dependency and pollution. While it will begin with the theoretical and ideological arguments that underpin environmental and sustainable development policies, the bulk of this course will focus on actual policies and their level of effectiveness in achieving their goals. Examples will be drawn from around the world, with a particular focus on comparing the policies of foreign states to those used in Canada. At the end of this course, students will have a comprehensive understanding of the techniques governments have at their disposal and their core advantages and disadvantages, as well as a better understanding of the political contexts that tend to structure the viability of policies in some locations compared to others.