Schweizer Politik und Vergleichende Politik - Comparative and Swiss Politics

Intellectual Roots of Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development

Donnerstag, 12.03.2020

With Greta Thunberg increasing prominence and the Fridays for Future movement, climate awareness and environmental concern is currently rising around the globe. As a result, climate change and other environmental issues are everywhere in the media, and the number of documentaries and books published on these topics is ever increasing. But, these recent developments are the result of a long intellectual debate. In fact, concerns about environmental protection and sustainability are not new and date back to over 200 years ago. Most of the present concepts, principles, or paradigms that determine our current understanding of the environment; i.e. to what extent we are allowed to exploit it and to what extent we are supposed to protect it. Before this backdrop, this class strives to answer a number of important questions: What can we learn from the intellectual debate on the environment and sustainability? Who are the intellectual godfathers and -mothers? How did the intellectual debate, political practice, and the environmental movement evolved together? Why is environmental protection so hard? And, what can be done to circumvent collective action dilemmas? Together, we will read and discuss the most important classics (old and new ones) of the environmental debate and explore the meaning, implication, and roots of the most important concepts, principles (e.g. sustainable development, precautionary principle, polluters-pay-principle, additionally, equity, etc.), etc. Moreover, we will study how environmental protection, climate change, and sustainable development became own policy fields in many countries worldwide and how the policy-making approach has changed over time. Policy-making and intellectual discourses are closely linked. Hence, we will explore the question of how the intellectual debate of the global environmental movement and international and national politics policy have informed and influenced each other in the past century or so.

Dozierende(r): Dr. Marlene Kammerer
12.03.2020:10:15 - 12:00
Ort: EG, 003
Seminargebäude vonRoll
Fabrikstrasse 2e

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