Department of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies

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SES300ZA(環境創成学 / Sustainable and environmental system development 300)
International Environmental Policy

Gregory Gene TOTH

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Faculty/Graduate school Department of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies
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Year 2022
Class code A6370
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Term 秋学期授業/Fall
Day/Period 月6/Mon.6
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Campus 市ヶ谷 / Ichigaya
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Grade 3~4
Credit(s) 2
Open Program
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Global Open Program
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Urban Design CP
Diversity CP
Learning for the Future CP
Carbon Neutral CP
Chiyoda Campus Consortium
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Outline and objectives

The world continues to face global environmental challenges – climate change, deforestation, biodiversity loss and pollution, among others. As a response, different international initiatives are being implemented, resulting in a variety of agreements, laws, regulations and other policy mechanisms. This course focuses on international environmental policy (IEP), and explores the motivations, challenges and opportunities of IEP actions, taking into consideration the role of multilateral organizations (e.g. the United Nations), governments, corporations, NGOs and local communities. The course includes in-depth analysis of particularly relevant IEP arrangements in the areas of agriculture, forestry, biodiversity, climate, urbanization and trade.


The main goals of the course are to:
-provide a basic understanding of current global environmental problems
-develop critical thinking regarding international policy mechanisms to tackle environmental problems
-enhance students’ ability to understand the risk, uncertainty and complexity embedded in IEP
-to cultivate students’ capacity to critically assess the motivations, challenges and opportunities related to IEP actions
-learn to work collaboratively with other classmates in the elaboration and presentation of a group project.
-improve basic professional skills regarding self-organization, planning, time management, and respect for diversity in points of view.

Which item of the diploma policy will be obtained by taking this class?

Will be able to gain “DP 1”, “DP 2”, “DP 3” and “DP 4”.

Default language used in class

英語 / English

Method(s)(学期の途中で変更になる場合には、別途提示します。 /If the Method(s) is changed, we will announce the details of any changes. )

The course consists of short lectures and interactive class discussions and presentations in which students address, from a critical perspective, the topics covered each week (prepared prior to class). At the end of the course, students have the opportunity to present their (group) project and discuss it in class. Feedback will be given through class discussion and in response to submitted assignments and individual requests.

Active learning in class (Group discussion, Debate.etc.)

あり / Yes

Fieldwork in class

なし / No


授業形態/methods of teaching:オンライン/online



Course overview


Background of global environmental issues and efforts to curb them; local and indigenous communities


History of environmental movement and significant milestones


What and how of policy analysis

5[オンライン/online]:Env. Policy -Government I

Role of global institutions, e.g., United Nations; WTO; etc.; Sustainable Development

6[オンライン/online]:Env. Policy -Government II

Deeper exploration of environmental treaties, agreements, conventions, etc., e.g., Convention on Biological Diversity, carbon credits

7[オンライン/online]:Env. Policy -Government III

International Environmental Law in action

8[オンライン/online]:Env. Policy - Private

Corporate Social Responsibility; Environment, Social, and Governance; Greenwashing

9[オンライン/online]:Env. Policy -Nongovernment

Importance of non-governmental organizations, e.g. CGIAR (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research); Certification schemes


Policy analysis of sustainable farming model and development impacts; carbon sequestration


Preparations for presentations; question and answer

12[オンライン/online]:Student Presentations I

Students present their (group) project and discuss it with the class

13[オンライン/online]:Student Presentations II

Students present their (group) project and discuss it with the class


Reflections on the course and the way forward for int. env. policy

Work to be done outside of class (preparation, etc.)

Reading of materials identified (and often provided) by the instructor; Preparation of discussion talking points and questions; Group report/presentation. Preparatory study and review time for this class are 2 hours each.


Global Environmental Politics 8th Edition,
by Pamela S. Chasek (Author), David L. Downie (Author)
(available and recommended in electronic format)
ISBN 9780367227623 / ASIN : B08P63C8G3
Published by Routledge


Various references will be noted within the course materials.

Grading criteria

Students will be evaluated on the basis of class participation (40%) and a final review report/presentation (35/25%). Class participation will be judged based on attendance, preparation of questions/comments for discussion, and peer review during group work scenarios.

Changes following student comments

Students are encouraged to utilize the discussion time to speak in class.

Equipment student needs to prepare



Instructor reserves the right to adapt this syllabus as they deem fit during the course of the semester.