Checking date: 20/05/2022

Course: 2022/2023

Geopolitics of natural resources and the environment
Study: M. Global Sustainable Development and Global Governance (376)

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Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
-Analysis of geopolitics of natural resources through the lenses of classical geopolitics, critical geopolitics, and environmental geopolitics. -Discussions about scarcity versus surplus, population growth and resources concentrated in different geographies and locations; conservation vs. production and its implications for geopolitics. -The geoeconomics of 'resource wars': rare earth materials and their essential use in technology, conflicts generated by the extraction and international trade of these materials supervised in international organizations. -Governance of natural resources in the context of SDGs; coinciding and contradictory positions of international, regional, supranational and national actors. -Understanding of the negotiation processes between governments, international, regional and supranational organizations on the issues of SD, climate change and their governance. Ongoing global power rivalry and its implications for geopolitics of natural resources and ecological consequences.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 40
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 60

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.