Course Outline

INT102 Global Environmental Politics

Course Coordinator:Stefanie Fishel ( School:School of Law and Society

2023Semester 2

UniSC Sunshine Coast

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


This course examines global environmental politics by focusing on the institutions, policy frameworks, and forms of global governance related to the environment in world politics. A number of global environmental issues will be studied including climate change, biodiversity, oceans, forests and ecosystems. The focus is on global environmental policies, treaties, and institutions alongside the role of the state and civil society, and the links between globalisation and sustainability. This course offers you an unique experience of a simulation of global environmental policy making. 

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – online 1hr Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – on campus tutorial 2hrs Week 1 13 times

Course Topics

Studying Enviromental Politics

The Anthropocene

Responding the Anthropocene: Policy and Law

Responding the Anthropocene: Activism and Politics

Policy and Wicked Problems

Global Environmental Policy

Climate Change

Renewable Energy 





Global Environmental Justice

What level is this course?

100 Level (Introductory)

Engaging with discipline knowledge and skills at foundational level, broad application of knowledge and skills in familiar contexts and with support. Limited or no prerequisites. Normally, associated with the first full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Use critical reasoning to evaluate the way global environmental politics, governance, and policy works domestically and internationally. Creative and critical thinker
2 Critique the challenges facing the global environment and our institutions. Empowered
3 Communicate research through written and oral modes. Engaged
4 Identify and describe key political and institutional bodies and their functions, roles, relationships and responsibilities in the global world order. Knowledgeable

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


Not applicable


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

The weekly Quizzes, commencing in Week 2, will be used to provide early feedback on the understanding of the course content.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Quiz/zes Individual 20%
20 minutes
Throughout teaching period (refer to Format) Online Test (Quiz)
All 2 Examination - not Centrally Scheduled Individual 30%
Approximately two hours to complete exam with one week preparation time for the essay questions.
Week 7 Online Test (Quiz)
All 3 Artefact - Creative, and Written Piece Group 50%
Exam Period Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Quizzes
You will identify key political and institutional bodies and their functions, roles, relationships and responsibilities in the global world order.
Product: Quiz/zes
Weekly quizzes on readings and course materials starting in week 2.  Multiple Choice questions on Canvas.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Identification of concepts, practices and key issues
All - Assessment Task 2:Mutiple choice and Long Answer Essay
This assessment is requires you to take the online quizzes and keep current on the weekly readings. This assesses the student on their comprehension of the topics covered in the forst of the first seven weeks of class.
Product: Examination - not Centrally Scheduled
20 question mutiple choice test and essay questions submitted in Canvas.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Identification of key global environmental problems and political institutions
1 3
Identification of relations between state/group to global environmental policy
1 2 4
Critique the challenges facing the global environment and our institutions.
1 4
Critical reasoning
All - Assessment Task 3:Final Essay
To draw out and elaborate on a key topic (or topics) of the course which interest you most. Re-read and reflect on your weekly reading summaries. Ponder a constellation of themes or issues which you have explored across the whole span of the semester.
Product: Artefact - Creative, and Written Piece
Write a well-thought-out essay or creative output of approximately 1000-1500 words discussing some aspect of those themes or issues using weekly reading summaries and discussion posts and other outside research if needed. Final product is chosen by the student. The sssessment needs to demonstrate that student can identify environmental problems and institutions that respond to them; show what and relations exist between groups, issues, policy, law or advocacy/activism. Examples include an informative or argumentative essay, advocacy letter, a podcast, a blog, or a legal brief. Examples of past assessments will be provided.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Scholarly and authoritative reference sources are used to directly support claims and arguments
1 3
Demonstrates critical thinking, analysis and synthesis of argument
1 2
Effective communication
1 3

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher
Required John McCormick 2017 Environmental Politics and Policy n/a Palgrave

Specific requirements

Not applicable

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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