Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Climate Solutions Lab

Global Politics of Climate Change 2021-22

University of Sheffield

Environmental Studies


Prof Jan Selby

Undergraduate seminar

Readings from Underrepresented groups


This module explores the politics of global anthropogenic climate change, one of the central challenges – perhaps the single greatest challenge – of our age. Combining theoretical, case study and normative analysis, the module considers the nature and causes of climate change; global, national and local attempts to limit and mitigate it; its current and projected future impacts; and the possibilities of climate change adaptation. Topics discussed will range from the UN climate regime to Extinction Rebellion, from the origins of our global fossil fuel economy to the politics of renewables, and from ‘climate refugees’ to the political economy of carbon offsetting.