Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Climate Solutions Lab

China's Environmental and Climate Governance

Stanford University

Political Science


Shiran Victoria Shen

Undergraduate lecture,Masters

Readings from Underrepresented groups

China’s Environmental and Climate Governance is a lecture-based class offered to undergrads and grad students at Stanford University. The course examines the organizational and institutional roots of the environmental challenges faced by China, especially over its past three decades of extraordinary economic development. It will explore how China’s domestic actors and institutions influence the making and implementation of environmental laws and regulations, which have yielded overall mixed results. Students will draw upon analytical frameworks from the social sciences to explain outputs and outcomes. The course will also pay special attention to current events in the climate field and in China, with students reporting one piece of news at the beginning of each class.