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This subject provides an introduction to the key environmental challenges in contemporary China and to China’s environmental governance. The subject is structured around four topics: water resources, land resources, air pollution, and energy and climate change. For each of these topics lectures and tutorials will analyse impacts, policy and governance arrangements, citizen and NGO involvement, government and media discourse, and international linkages. Students will be introduced to key theoretical debates in China studies, development studies and human geography to help them understand the complexities of China’s environmental challenges. Using the environment as a lens, students will gain an understanding of politics and state-society relations in contemporary China.
Intended learning outcomes
Students who successfully complete this subject should:
- Gain an understanding of China's complex environmental problems
- Gain an understanding of environmental governance and politics in China
- Develop an ability to apply critical research skills to an environmental policy problem
- Gain an ability to evaluate information from print and online media covering contemporary China.
Upon successful completion of this subject, graduates should develop the following generic skills:
- Problem solving and analytical skills
- Ability to work as a team member
- Written communication skills
- Presentation skills.
Last updated: 31 January 2024