Environment, human security, and conflict (2020)

This course examines the linkages between environmental phenomena, human economic, political, and physical security, and violent political conflict. The prevalence of international and civil conflicts associated with control of (or access to) natural resources (e.g. water, food, energy resources), has exposed the tensions between traditional notions of security and human-centred security concerns. Students will conduct in-depth analyses of cases of environmental conflicts around the world in order to identify the key actors, their projected values and interests, as well as the implications of different alternatives. While the course highlights the politics behind conflicts, it includes contributions from other disciplines and fields. 

Section 1 Defining terms, actors, and interests
Week 1Introduction, course overview, and conflict
Week 2Economic development and economic stability
Week 3Political institutions and instability
Week 4Environmental change and scarcity
Section 2Causes of conflict
Week 5Population
Week 6Migration
Week 7Water
Week 8Food
Week 9Natural resources
Week 10Natural disasters
Section 3Policy responses
Week 11Domestic responses
Week 12International responses
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