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China and World Environment


Admission requirements

It is recommended to have completed Introduction to Contemporary China A and B before starting this course.


This course explores the relationship between China and world environment. China’s economic rise as the world’s factory and one of the largest consumer markets has dramatically changed its role in global environmental governance. As one of the largest producers of manufacturered goods and commodities, China suffers from severe domestic environmental degradation. Meanwhile, China’s endowment in natural resources (e.g. timber and minerals) and its central position in global supply chains give it unprecedented leverage in global governance of diverse environmental issues.
This course survey’s China’s impact on world environment and its engagement in global environmental governance. To do this, it focuses on China’s (and its sub-sectors) activities in global market and international negotaitions/organizations. This course covers issues such as trade-environment nexus, natural resources, international environmental negotiations, climate change and energy, sustainable development and green finance. Dicussion of these issues will enhance our understanding of how domestic economy interact with global economy, and how players at different levels interact to shape China’s behavior in global environmental politics.

Course objectives

By the end of the course, students are expected to:

  • Familiarize with China’s impact on world environmental protection and its role global environmental governance

  • Understand China’s behavior in global environmental politics through political-economic and geopolitical lenses.

  • Develop skills to search for and organize academic and policy studies, news articles, databases, governmental documents, and other secondary sources for their assignments.

  • Be able to ask valid theoretical/substantive questions, make arguments, engage with existing literature, design and execute research to answer those questions.


The timetables are avalable through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction


Assessment method


  • Attendance and participation (30%)

  • Short essay (20%)

  • Final essay (50%)


See above.

The final grade consists of the weighted average of all course assessment components. In order to pass the course, students need to achieve at least a 5.5 for attendance and participation and a 5.5 for the weighted average of the short and final essays respectively.


A resit is allowed if a student scores below 5.5 for the final essay. A resit for the attendance and participation is not possible.

Inspection and feedback

If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the results, an review will have to be organized.

Reading list

The Reading list will be uploaded on Brightspace.


Enrolment through MyStudyMap is mandatory.

General information about course and exam enrolment is available on the website


  • For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar.

  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: Vrieshof