Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Climate Solutions Lab

The Politics of Global Climate Change

University of Manchester

Political Science

Spring 2021

Prof. Matthew Paterson


Group projects

This course will discuss the dynamics of climate change politics. Climate change is both one of the most significant consequences of and challenges for contemporary politics. We explore climate politics primarily through a political economy lens, focused on the dynamics of capitalism, but explore the limits of this lens in particular in relation to questions of culture and everyday life, the role of the state, and international cooperation. The course is organised sequentially to get you to think about three distinct questions about climate change politics: the political-economic origins of climate change; the political economy of responses to climate change; and the sort of transformational politics that thinking about the future in a climate-changed world entails.