30 July 2010
Security and Environmental Change
The course addresses the conceptual and policy issues in contemporary discussions of security related to environmental matters, and in particular to climate change. It reviews the history of articulations of environmental alarm, how these themes recur in geopolitical discussions in the West, and how they are once again in vogue in the discussion of climate change. As the scale of the human transformation of the biosphere has become clear in the last few decades, these issues are now pressing political concerns.
Professor Simon Dalby, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
The discussion draws on numerous disciplines, including environmental history, security studies, earth system science, development studies, political geography and disaster research. The course will thus focus on how various scholarly and research agendas pose questions that link security to environment, and use this theme to explore the politics of security, the significance of recent scientific formulations of the earth system. and climate change in particular. and the importance of understanding the geopolitical discourses used in threat construction.
NOK 3000: The fee cover parts of the required reading material, food and social arrangements.