Wednesday 6:30 ~ 9:10 PM
Instructor: Han, Hee-jin
POLS 497 Section 3 The Environmental Politics of China
economic reform and development has been made at the expense of its
environment. Its environmental problems and
their impacts have raised increasing concerns among the country’s policymakers,
civil society and NGOs. The international
community has also voiced its worries about China’s environment as a global as
well as a regional issue. This course is
designed for those students who want to join the lively discussion on China’s
environment and its implications for the country’s sustainable
development. The course will be
interesting for those students who study Chinese Politics, East Asian society
and politics, and environmental policies.
Specifically, this course aims to help students form their answers to the
following questions: 1. How has China’s
economic reform and development affected its environment in the post-Mao period
(1978 ~ present)? 2. What efforts has
the central government of China
made for environmental protection? How
have local governments responded? 3. What
are the roles of civil society and NGOs in Chinese environmental politics? 4. How
can or should we understand China’s
environment in a global perspective? 5. What implications do the answers to 1.
through 4. have for the future of environmental “governance” of China?
By exploring these questions, we will be able to better understand how the relationship
between economic growth and environment has evolved in China. We can also get a deeper grasp on some of the
powerful interests and institutional forces that have created or contributed to
the environmental problems and shaped the policies to deal with them.
We will meet five or six times throughout the semester, and there will be
one session with a video followed by discussion.
Week 1 Overview of China’s Growth and Environment
Week 2 Dynamics of the Central and Local Environmental Politics
Week 3 Environmental NGOs and Civil Society
Week 4 China’s
Environment in a Global Perspective
Week 5 Implications for the Future of Environmental “Governance”
Economy, Elizabeth C. 2004. The River Runs Black: The Environmental
Challenge to China’s
Future. Council on Foreign Relations Book.