934310 Political ecology of the climate crisis

Lecture and seminar
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Plank, Christina , Zottl, Marion
Offered in
Wintersemester 2023/24
Languages of instruction


Students will be familiar with different theories of political ecology analysing
causes and consequences of the climate crisis. Students will be able to
differentiate between different theoretical strands, i.e., structuralist, post-
structuralist, feminist and decolonial approaches. They will be familiar with
structural causes of the climate crisis in different world regions. They will have
a general understanding of social inequalities contributing to the climate crisis
and agency-based processing of the climate crises. Students will be able to
apply qualitative methods (e.g., expert interviews, participatory observation,
focus group discussion, etc.) in combination with a theoretical political ecology

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Students will be able to create and implement a research design targeting a
conflict within the climate crisis. Students will be able to apply qualitative
methods in combination with a theoretical perspective. Students will be able to
write a seminar paper. In addition, they will get trained in academic writing,
e.g., writing an abstract, commenting on a paper, etc.
Students get trained in structured analytical thinking and taking different
perspectives from a theoretical point of view. They deepen their reading and
writing skills. Students learn how to prepare and conduct group work, taking
different roles as lead and team member. They practice moderation and
leading a discussion. They get background knowledge in North-South
Students have competences in giving and receiving feedback. They are
experienced in teamwork. They train clear communication, working
independently, conflict management, time management, presenting their
outcomes and self-organizing in general.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.