Course Details
GEOG 329 A   Environmental Security Back to Results  


InstructorSchilling, Janpeter
MeetsTR 245-400, HO 328
RestrictionsNo 2018
NotesNew course--see description
DistributionSocial Science Requirement
Core AreaNone

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As climate change intensifies and the human population of the planet is likely to reach 9 billion by 2050, it is increasingly important to understand the impacts of environmental change on security. This course combines the perspectives of physical geography with emergent approaches in geopolitics and peace and conflict studies to trace an important shift in the very idea of security that has accompanied growing political awareness of the insecurities associated with anthropogenic climate change and biological degradation. Students review the shift from the "national security" discourses characteristic of an era marked by a bipolar geopolitical order, to the planetary scale "environmental security" discourses of a present in which resource scarcity is increasingly bound up with conflict. In an effort to trace this critically important environment/security nexus, the course takes the following trajectory: First, students are introduced to global conflict and environmental trends, particularly climate change; second, against this background, student learn about different perspectives on this nexus and how it can be analyzed using different methods; third, students apply their gained knowledge to regional case studies that illustrate the complexity and variety of the topic. Finally, the last section of the course discusses policies and options for addressing conflicts arising--at least in part--from environmental factors.