Environmental Politics & Policy

(Course Code: 335 ΚΕΥ, Course outline)

Semester:  7 (& 8 for Erasmus) Teaching Credits: 3 ECTS Credits: 5 Type:

Optional Compulsory

Prerequisite Courses: Course type: Special background Instructor:  Iosif Botetzagias

Understand the process by which national environmental policy is designed and implemented & international environmental treaties are negotiated; Become aware of relevant stakeholders, their preferences, and the path by which they can influence environmental policy making; Identify the relevant scientific basis on which new environmental policy should be based; Understand the role of media in environmental politics; IN THE SEMINAR– Study and comprehend the I= PAT complex (Impact on the environment = Population Size * Affluence * Technology)

Topics per Week:
  • Introduction to policy-making
  • The development of environmental policy
  • Environmental Politics & Citizens
  • Environmental NGOs
  • The scientific community and the environment.
  • (Green) political parties and the environment
  • The role of state in environmental politics and policy
  • International policy making and the environment
  • Media and the Environment
Theory – Lectures
(hours / week)
Exercises – Laboratories
(hours / week)
 Seminar (1 time/month)
Other Activities: Individual Presentation
Grading: Individual Assignment (60%)
Performance in the seminars (25%)
Individual Presentation (15%)
Notes: Lecture slides in PowerPoint format, written instructions for the laboratory exercises
Basic Textbook:
  • Connelly J. & Smith Gr. (2003), Politics and the Environment: from theory to practice, Routledge, London
  • Carter N. (2006), The Politics of the Environment: ideas, activism, policy, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
Bibliography:  Scientific articles/book chapters per topic, available through the course’s Moodle(c) webpage


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