DESCRIPTION OF COURSE UNIT


1.

Code

Course unit title

Title of the degree programme

LLL17B000558

Introduction to global Environmental Governance

Elective subject


2.

Name of lecturer(s)

Departament(s)

Coordinator: Dr. Ieva Misiūnė (Ateities 20, MRU, Vilnius)

a. o: Dr. Ieva Misiūnė

Institute of Public Administration


3.

Cycle of course unit

Level of course unit

Type of course unit

I

I ir II

Optional


4.

Mode of delivery

Year of study and semester when the course unit is delivered

Language of instruction

Face-to-face

2 semester

English


5.

Study requirements

Prerequisites:

Co-requisites:

Work placement(s):

not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable


7.

Number of ECTS credits allocated

Student's workload

Contact work hours and planned learning activities

Independent work hours

6

162

50

112


8.

Purpose of the course unit

Subject specific knowledge and skills are to be built-up and developed. This course fosters a dynamic combination of knowledge, understanding, skills and abilities to evaluate the global environmental governance: knowledge about the global environmental problems; theoretical understanding of environmental regimes formation; skills for critical analysis of existing global environmental regimes; and abilities to evaluate its effectiveness.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Teaching and learning methods

Assessment methods

1. Ability to explain and ground the reasons of the major global environmental problems. Capabilities to explain and assess what are the hazards and risks to the human society because of these problems.

Socratic method; Group discussion.

Classroom work assessment.

2. Thorough knowledge for understanding how international environmental governance developed in historical perspective.

Problem-based teaching; Group discussion.

Classroom work assessment.

3. Theoretical knowledge for understanding different regimes formation: how international agreements and new approaches to deal with environmental problems might emerge.

Problem-oriented teaching; Group discussion on reading assignments.

Classroom work assessment, evaluation based on activity in discussion.

4. Ability to understand and evaluate critically the different theoretical approaches to explain the regimes formation.

Problem-based teaching; Group discussion.

Classroom work assessment, evaluation based on activity in discussion.

5. Ability to apply theoretical knowledge in practice: ability to explain the emergence of current environmental regimes (climate, biodiversity and high seas) and the major agreements.

Case studies analysis. Group discussion on reading assignments.

Classroom work assessment.

6. Knowledge on national instruments for implementation of international agreements and the ability to evaluate them.

Independed work: a report preparation and presentation.

The assessment of the report and the presentation.

7. Ability to evaluate the European Union as an actor in global environmental governance.

Problem-oriented teaching; Situation analysis.

Classroom work assessment.


9.

Course contens

Topics

Contact work hours and planned learning activities

Independent work hours and tasks

Tasks

An overview of the major environmental problems.

1

2

3

10

Textbook readings, participation in the discussion.

Global environmental governance (GEG) in historical perspective.

1

2

3

10

Textbook readings, participation in the discussion.

Meaning of the “governance” and the role of science.

1

2

3

10

Scientific articles readings, discussion.

Governance theory: regimes formation. The case of the Ozone Regime.

1

2

3

10

Textbook and articles readings, discussion.

Actors in environmental governance: states, civil society and business. North–South division.

1

2

3

10

Textbook and articles readings, discussion.

Climate Regime: the issues and negotiations.

1

2

3

10

Textbook and articles readings, discussion.

Biodiversity Regime: local or global governance?

1

2

3

10

Textbook readings, discussion.

The Sea Regime: environmental governance of the high seas.

1

2

3

10

Textbook readings, discussion

European Union and the international environmental govenance.

2

4

6

8

Textbook readings, discussion.

The EU role in the GEG.

2

4

6

8

Scientific articles readings, discussion.

Challenges to the effective GEG and paths to the future.

2

4

6

8

Textbook readings, discussion.

Assignment: report and presentation by the students.

2

4

6

8

Report preparation and presentation of the results, discussions.

Assessment

2

2

Exam

Overall

16

32

2

50

 

112

 


10.

Assessment strategy

Weighting percentage

Period or date of assessment

Assessment criteria

Report

20

During the course.

0-2 points. 1 point: actively participates in discussions, every time demonstrates that the reading assignment was fulfilled by giving an answers or making critical comments; 0.5 point: takes part in discussions, answers questions; 0 points: doesn’t participate in discussions, is absent in the majority of the lectures and seminars.

Written paper (Abstract)

30

At the seminars when presentations have to be presented.

0-3 points. Rated these aspects of the assignment: 3 points for a comprehensive analysis: the analysis explains and addresses the problems clearly; research is conducted using the research methods and scientific literature; conclusions are based on the results; recommendations are given. Overall work demonstrates critical and analytical thinking, has valuable insights. 2-1,5 points if the analysis is carried out, presents own ideas and some insights, but research is not completed, not all findings are based on research or no recommendations are given. 1-0,5 of point for a poor analysis without the findings and recommendations, no critical thinking and own ideas presented. 0 points for failing to present the assignment or in a case of plagiarism. Succinct and clear presentation of the paper gives additional points.

Examination

50

At the end of the course.

0-5 points. Examination of the questionnaire consists of test-type and open-ended questions. Each question has its value. Test-type questions to be evaluated according to the chosen answers. Open-ended questions evaluated as follows: - max points: the answer is comprehensive and an excellent knowledge is demonstrated; - half of the points: the average knowledge is demonstrated, there are errors. - no points: the answer is incorrect and no knowledge demonstrated.