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Environmental Governance




Admissions requirements

None, but one of the Sharing Scarcity courses (previously: Foundations of Common Pool Resource Management) is recommended.


This course investigates contemporary forms of environmental politics and governance. In recent decades, industrial pollution and anthropogenic climate change have put ‘the environment’ on the political and policy agenda. Increasingly, governments propose plans to tackle environmental problems in a variety of ways. The goal of this course is to offer BA students with an understanding of pressing environmental governance issues of today, including the ‘wickedness’ of environmental problems, prospects of green state regulations, the rise of green capitalism, environmental citizenship, and issues of inequality and justice. Governance approaches are explored in urban, national and transnational contexts. The course will also address the role of private stakeholders and civil society actors, in a wider governance perspective. Throughout the course, special emphasis is put on governance related to climate change.

Course objectives

  • Characterise different types of environmental governance;

  • Explain the role of state and non-state actors in environmental governance;

  • Reflect on normative aspects underlying environmental governance.


Once available, timetables will be published in the e-Prospectus.

Mode of instruction

The course uses a mix of interactive lectures, group discussions and peer assessments. Interaction and discussions during class are typically based on the assigned readings that must be read in advance of the class.


Policy memo (30%)
Paper (35%)
Essay (30%)
Participation (5%)

Please note:

  • In accordance with article 4.8 of the Course and Examination Regulations (OER), within 30 days after the publication of grades, the instructor will provide students the opportunity to inspect their exams/coursework.

  • There is a no re-sit policy at Leiden University College.


There will be a Blackboard site available for this course. Students will be enrolled at least one week before the start of classes.

Reading list

  • Bulkeley, H., & Newell, P. (2015). Governing climate change, 2nd edition. Abingdon: Routledge.

  • Carter, N. (2018). The politics of the environment: Ideas, activism, policy, 3rd edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Additional articles are assigned per theme and week (accessible online).


This course is open to LUC students and LUC exchange students. Registration is coordinated by the Education Coordinator. Interested non-LUC students should contact


Dr. Shivant Jhagroe