POLS 250 Environmental Politics • 5 Cr.


Does nature have political rights? What are the best policies to guarantee justice for all people amidst global warming and climate disruption? Why do marginalized groups face a disproportionate amount of environmental toxins? This class examines the relationship between political and environmental systems. Students will learn about the history of environmental politics and examine key debates concerning environmental policy and civic action.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Define core concepts in environmental politics and apply conceptual knowledge to real-world environmental issues.
  • Analyze and evaluate political processes that affect the environment and distribute environmental costs unevenly across social groups.
  • Describe the history of environmental social movements and evaluate key debates regarding movement goals and strategies.
  • Identify the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals and evaluate challenges to global sustainable development.
  • Define¬†climate disruption and evaluate contemporary approaches to mitigation, adaptation and climate justice.