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62624-01 - Seminar: The Climate Movement: Actors and Strategies in Governance Contexts 3 KP

Semester Herbstsemester 2022
Angebotsmuster unregelmässig
Dozierende Basil Bornemann (basil.bornemann@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt A growing number of societal actors are combating climate change on various fronts with different strategies. In particular, the longstanding stalemate in international climate politics and the widely perceived failure of governments to take serious action, both of which were particularly evident during the spectacular failure of the 15th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen in 2009, have given rise to new actors and initiatives that seek to take matters into their own hands. The increasingly differentiated field of climate governance includes activities as diverse as urban climate change experiments, ‘do-it-yourself’ forms of action, sufficiency-oriented business models, and governance networks that seek to organize climate protection beyond politics and the state. In recent years, in the wake of the Paris Agreement and its new approach to climate governance, which emphasizes the role of national governments in a mechanism of voluntary but binding goal-setting and reporting, this climate activism on the ground is complemented by a new wave of politicization. The most prominent example is certainly the “Fridays for Future” movement, which started with local school strikes by young people and soon developed into a broad transnational climate movement far beyond the younger generation.

The seminar sheds light on the climate movement, its actors and strategies and its relation to the existing (global) governance landscape. How and why did the climate movement and its various forms of activism develop? On what ideas is climate political mobilization based? What are the central programmatic approaches and frames of the climate movement? How is it related to the increasingly diversified climate governance landscape? What is the role of the climate movement in the emerging post-Paris governance architecture? What difference does the movement make - what are its effects and implications? What are the prospects and conditions for its success?
Lernziele The overall aim of the seminar is to enable students to acquire theoretical and empirical knowledge and skills to describe, explain and evaluate the new climate activism in the context of the post-Paris climate governance regime.

By the end of this course the participants will also have extended and deepened their competences in presenting and actively taking part in social science discussions.

The seminar is organized according to the “classical” model of an advanced level social science seminar. As such, it will entail students’ presentations and moderated group discussions based on thesis papers prepared by the presenting group.
Literatur Bäckstrand, K., Kuyper, J. W., Linnér, B.-O., & Lövbrand, E. (2017). Non-state actors in global climate governance: From Copenhagen to Paris and beyond. Environmental Politics, 26(4), 561–579. https://doi.org/10.1080/09644016.2017.1327485

Davies, A. R., Broto, V. C., & Hügel, S. (2021). Editorial: Is There a New Climate Politics? Politics and Governance, 9(2), 1–7. https://doi.org/10.17645/pag.v9i2.4341

de Moor, J., Vydt, M. D., Uba, K., & Wahlström, M. (2020). New kids on the block: Taking stock of the recent cycle of climate activism. Social Movement Studies. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/14742837.2020.1836617

Dietz, M., & Garrelts, H. (Eds.). (2014). Routledge handbook of the climate change movement. London and New York, NY: Routledge.

Dryzek, J. S., Norgaard, R. B., & Schlosberg, D. (2013). Climate-challenged society (1st ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Falkner, R. (2016). The Paris Agreement and the new logic of international climate politics. International Affairs, 92(5), 1107–1125. https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-2346.12708

Vanhala, L. (2013). The comparative politics of courts and climate change. Environmental Politics, 22(3), 447–474.
Bemerkungen The number of participants is limited to 30. As this course is offered in response to a bottleneck in the Master Changing Societies program, students from this program will be prioritized in the allocation of places.


Teilnahmebedingungen Students of the MSD with focus area in natural sciences or in economics must have completed the module 'Complementary Knowledge in Social Sciences' (or at least earned 8 CP). No entry requirements for students with focus area in social sciences.
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 20.09.2022 – 20.12.2022
Zeit Dienstag, 16.15-18.00 Soziologie, Hörsaal 215
Datum Zeit Raum
Dienstag 20.09.2022 16.15-18.00 Uhr Soziologie, Hörsaal 215
Dienstag 27.09.2022 16.15-18.00 Uhr Soziologie, Hörsaal 215
Dienstag 04.10.2022 16.15-18.00 Uhr Soziologie, Hörsaal 215
Dienstag 11.10.2022 16.15-18.00 Uhr Soziologie, Hörsaal 215
Dienstag 18.10.2022 16.15-18.00 Uhr Soziologie, Hörsaal 215
Dienstag 25.10.2022 16.15-18.00 Uhr Soziologie, Hörsaal 215
Dienstag 01.11.2022 16.15-18.00 Uhr Soziologie, Hörsaal 215
Dienstag 08.11.2022 16.15-18.00 Uhr Soziologie, Hörsaal 215
Dienstag 15.11.2022 16.15-18.00 Uhr Soziologie, Hörsaal 215
Dienstag 22.11.2022 16.15-18.00 Uhr Soziologie, Hörsaal 215
Dienstag 29.11.2022 16.15-18.00 Uhr Soziologie, Hörsaal 215
Dienstag 06.12.2022 16.15-18.00 Uhr Soziologie, Hörsaal 215
Dienstag 13.12.2022 16.15-18.00 Uhr Soziologie, Hörsaal 215
Dienstag 20.12.2022 16.15-18.00 Uhr Soziologie, Hörsaal 215
Module Modul: Erweiterung Gesellschaftswissenschaften M.A. (Master Studienfach Politikwissenschaft)
Modul: Kernbereich Gesellschaftswissenschaften (Masterstudium: Sustainable Development)
Modul: Regionaler Fokus M.A. (Master Studienfach Politikwissenschaft)
Modul: Resources and Sustainability (Master Studiengang Changing Societies: Migration – Conflicts – Resources )
Modul: Ungleichheit, Konflikt, Kultur (Master Studienfach Soziologie)
Vertiefungsmodul Global Europe: Internationale Organisationen (Masterstudium: European Global Studies)
Vertiefungsmodul Global Europe: Umwelt und Nachhaltigkeit (Masterstudium: European Global Studies)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung To pass the course, students must successfully complete three assignments. These comprise (a) regular and active participation in the seminar; (b) a the preparation and delivery of an oral presentation including the submission of a thesis paper (1 page); and (c) an essay in the form of a short written elaboration of a thesis or question developed in one's own presentation or discussed elsewhere in the seminar.
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anmelden: Belegen; Abmelden: nicht erforderlich
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala Pass / Fail
Wiederholtes Belegen nicht wiederholbar
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