Comparative Environmental Politics

The details
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 13 December 2024
23 April 2024


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MA F7D412 Environmental Futures with Climate Change,
MSC F7D412 Environmental Futures with Climate Change

Module description

This module offers a comprehensive introduction to the understanding of the domestic politics of environmental problems in a comparative (cross-national as well as sub-national) perspective.

The module begins by examining domestic views on the state of the environment and possible paths along which these views might change. We then move on to consider environmental politics at various levels of political behaviour and organisation, starting with individual-level values, before moving up the organized politics of the environmental movement, interest groups, political parties, governmental institutions and courts.

At each level we consider what drives approaches to the environment and what the consequences of those approaches are for political organisation and action.

Module aims

The module aims:

  • To provide students with the necessary analytical foundations to conduct theoretical and empirical comparative research on the environment.

  • To engage with a wide range of applied material relating to comparative environmental politics.

  • To generate ideas and design a study that engages with contemporary environmental issues in a theoretically sound and empirically aware perspective.

Module learning outcomes

Students will learn:

  1. how political scientists tackle questions such as: `when do businesses and social movements support environmental policy?` and `why are some government more `green` than others?`.

  2. how to use empirical evidence to test major political theories of environmental politics.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

The module will be taught as a weekly two-hour seminar. Students are expected to read for all classes.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Essay 1    35% 
Coursework   Essay 2    35% 
Coursework   Presentation    30% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Module leader: TBC
Please contact govpgquery@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Dr Adrian Florea
University of Glasgow
Senior Lecturer in International Relations
Available via Moodle
Of 20 hours, 20 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

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