At Boston University, I have developed and regularly teach a combination of four courses in the Pardee School of Global Studies. Three of these courses are cross-listed with the Department of Earth and Environment and the fourth one is cross-listed with the Department of Political Science.

IR 373/PO 384: Global Governance and International Organization

This undergraduate course focuses on the issue of global governance and the role of the United Nations and other major international organizations in the international system (both inter-governmental organizations and non-governmental organizations). The goal is to give students a better understanding of the breadth and substance of international organizations that exist in the international system and to provide them with the tools necessary to analyze the multitude of roles these organizations play in international politics, policy making and implementation. In addition, this course explores relationships between states and international organizations.

IR/EE 536: European Environmental Policy

This course is intended for graduate students and upper-level undergraduate students. It is designed to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the key concepts, actors, concerns and issues related to European integration, environmental policy making and sustainable development. The course provides a primer on the historical genesis and the organizational make-up of EU environmental and sustainable development governance. The course examines the development of EU environmental policy and integration over time, including comparative case studies of member states and in-depth case studies of specific issues. In addition, the course looks at issues of EU environmental integration from a transatlantic and global perspective.

IR/EE 594: Global Environmental Policy and Negotiation

This course is designed for graduate students and upper-level undergraduate students. It is intended to enhance students’ understanding of the larger picture of intertwining relationships between the natural, political, economic and social systems that shape global environmental policy. The course provides an overview of the international system and of the global environmental problematique by addressing major North-South issues and conflicts. In addition, the course covers a series of case studies on the major global environmental issues to date with a focus on the basic environmental science behind each issue and the various policy approaches that have been adopted to address these issues.

IR/EE 599: Science, Politics and Climate Change

This course is intended for graduate students and upper-level undergraduate students. It focuses on the interplay between science and politics through the analytical perspective of science and technology studies (STS), and applies a STS perspective to climate change science and policy. The course is designed to introduce students to theoretical debates within the field of STS and to central scientific and political debates that shape climate change policy at global, national and local levels. In conjunction with examining these issues, the course examines major global, regional and local policy developments on climate change, and discusses key issues relating to the future of climate change science and policy making.