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Graduate Program (M.Sc.) - Global Change Ecology

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Lecture/Seminar: Climate Diplomacy (C1b) (74034)

WS 2022/2023
2023-01-20-2023-01-22 (several days)

Charlotte Streck


Block course from 20 January, 2023 to 22 January, 2023

Pre-meeting online on 24 October 2022 (details on e-learning)

Learning Objectives: After attending the lecture (i), students are familiar with various instruments for achieving climate policy goals, (ii) can analyze them in terms of efficiency, distribution effect and uncertainties, and (iii) are able to critically discuss the advantages and disadvantages of real-world political instruments along economic criteria.

The course will introduce key concepts such as the “tragedy of the commons” and “collective action problems”, and discuss key academic developments in the understanding of the management of global commons. The course will ensure that the students develop a firm grasp of the fundamental dynamic of climate change negotiations while introducing the main legal instruments that form the backbone of the climate regime. Students will be able to critically assess how the Paris Agreement can mobilize action.

Course content: 

In this part of the module, an introduction into the climate regime (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Kyoto Protocol, Paris Agreement) in the context of international environmental governance will be given. This will be discussed against the backdrop of geopolitical developments.

Global environmental commons, Introduction into the International Climate Regime, discuss the role of state and non-state actors, Case Studies, Critical Assessment and Concluding Discussion. 


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