Course Description

Course Name

Environmental Politics

Session: VDNS3121

Hours & Credits

18 Contact Hours

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


An introduction to environmental politics in New Zealand: the history of environmental reform; the Resource Management Act 1991; green politics in New Zealand; also discussion of international and theoretical perspectives on environmental ethics.

Environmental politics focuses on the theories, ethics, problems and political solutions confronting humanity in relation to the environment. It attracts students from the humanities and the sciences who wish to develop expertise in the role of politics in environmental policy and management. The paper blends international environmental politics with the New Zealand case study and Green Party politics to provide a broad analytical framework. It focuses on key events and theories that have shaped environmental politics and tackles some of the more challenging ethical environmental questions. Part two looks specifically at environmental conflict and management in New Zealand. It assesses the conflicts arising from the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand's first resource management plan. It also looks back over New Zealand's environmental history and management reform and assesses the current system's effectiveness.

Course Structure
The course has three main sections:
-Environmental theories and ethics
-New Zealand environmental politics
-Green politics

Learning Outcomes
-Critical thinking
-Environmental literacy

E-readings are provided

*Course content subject to change