Introduction to environmental politics: ideas and policies


This course aims at depicting how contemporary societies have tackled environmental problems. It will address the first policy developments which paved the way for key principles and areas in environmental legislations as well as in international negotiations. A focus on actors and ideas will complete this perspective, thus showing the forces shaping environmental politics.

Recommended Prerequisite(s)

Basic knowledge in sociology and political science (social action, collective action, public policies, international relations).


  • Carter Neil, The Politics of the Environment, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2018.
  • Dauvergne, P. Environmentalism of the Rich, Cambridge, MIT Press, 2016.
  • Dryzek, J., The Politics of Earth: Environmental Discourses, Oxford, Oxford University Press (3rd ed.) 2013.
  • Doyle, T. and MacGregor, S. (eds.), Environmental Movements around the World: Shades of Green in Politics and Culture (2 volumes), New York, Praeger, 2014.
  • Szarka, J.,The Shaping of Environmental Policy in France, New York, Berghan Books, 2002.

Educational formula

There is no preparation needed before the lectures. However, students are advised to follow-up with the questions listed at the end of each session in order to test their understanding of the subject. Questions and discussion are welcome. For each session an additional bibliography will be provided.

In brief

Year Third year

Teaching languageEnglish

Teaching term Six-monthly

ECTS credits 2.0

Number of hours 18.0

Teaching activityLecture course

ValidationFinal written examination

Optional teaching



Forest Amandine [+]

Prévot Christophe [+]

Educational manager :
Berny Nathalie [+]