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Arkistoitu opetusohjelma 2017–2018
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POLKVA31/S31 Climate Ethics and International Affairs 3–5 ECTS
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Intermediate studies
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Politiikan tutkimuksen tutkinto-ohjelma
Kansainvälinen politiikka
Faculty of Management

General description

According to the United Nations, climate change is the greatest challenge of our time. In this course we explore some central political, legal and moral questions related to climate change, with an emphasis to global climate ethics. How does climate change affect people, states, and international affairs? How negative climate effects could be regulated and mitigated at regional and international level? Who bears the greatest responsibility for climate change? What rights the most vulnerable people and states have? How the future of just climate governance would look like? By looking at these and related questions this course offers an overview of key debates in climate ethics and politics literature, and introduces students to essential questions of global climate justice.

Enrolment for University Studies

Enrollment via email to responsible teacher by 15.2.2018. Maximum 15 students are admitted.


Milla Vaha, Teacher responsible


12-Mar-2018 – 7-May-2018
Seminar 24 hours
Mon 12-Mar-2018 - 7-May-2018 weekly at 14-16, Pinni A4060
, (excl. March 26 - April 9)
Wed 14-Mar-2018 - 2-May-2018 weekly at 14-16, Pinni A4060
, (excl. March 26 - April 9)


Numeric 1-5.

Evaluation criteria

5 ECTS (POLKVS31/33) or 3 ECTS (POLKVA31-33, POLKVA44)

The course consists of 24hrs of seminars with background readings. The mode of evaluation is an essay (numeric, 1-5)/learning diary (depending on credits). Active participation at the seminar is required.

Study materials

Essential reading:

Gardiner, Stephen (ed.), Climate Ethics: Essential Readings. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010 (E-book).

Further information

The language of instruction is English.