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Geopolitics of the Climate Crisis - JTM663
Title: Geopolitics of the Climate Crisis
Czech title: Geopolitika klimatické změny
Guaranteed by: Department of European Studies (23-KZS)
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Actual: from 2023
Semester: summer
E-Credits: 6
Examination process: summer s.:
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:1/1, Ex [HT]
Capacity: 25 / unknown (22)
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
priority enrollment if the course is part of the study plan
Guarantor: Mgr. Ing. Magdalena Fiřtová, Ph.D.
Teacher(s): Mgr. Ing. Magdalena Fiřtová, Ph.D.
Class: Courses for incoming students
Last update: Mgr. Ing. Magdalena Fiřtová, Ph.D. (29.01.2024)
The evolving geopolitical landscape in response to climate change represents an exceptionally relevant and pressing framework for policy-making. Climate change is undeniably a part of a complex web of multiple crises that humanity is currently facing. Climate change is no longer merely an environmental issue; it is a complex and all-encompassing challenge that demands a nuanced policy response.
This course covers a wide range of geopolitical themes, examining them from the perspectives of both state and non-state actors. The course places particular emphasis on the roles of key actors in addressing the climate crisis, exploring alternative policy approaches, solutions to climate change, and their geopolitical impacts.
The course syllabus is structured to provide a comprehensive exploration of the multifaceted climate change crisis. It covers various critical dimensions, including climate justice, economic and financial considerations, food security, biodiversity, global security, geoengineering, and global governance. Addressing climate change requires a holistic and interconnected approach, coupled with the development of practical skills to navigate the complexities of this global challenge.

Under the academic coordination and pedagogical guidance of the Institute of International Studies (FSV UK), twelve research experts from the Association of International Affairs' Climate Team will offer a diverse range of perspectives to graduate students in various social studies programs.

Lecturer: Magdalena Firtova and Karim Kamal
Classes: Thursday 12:30 – 13:50
Room: B316, Jinonice Campus
Office Hours: Tuesdays 11:00 – 12:15, Thursdays 11-12:15, Room C418, or via Zoom. Please book your time slot by email. Zoom link for office hours:

Moodle page of this course:
Aim of the course
Last update: Mgr. Ing. Magdalena Fiřtová, Ph.D. (11.01.2024)

The aim of the course is to foster a comprehensive understanding and assessment of this critical global challenge and transfer highly relevant knowledge about governance, politics, and policy of climate crisis.

Students will gain the skill to write a policy brief in a collaborative manner for valuable career employment and will also receive training in negotiation and diplomacy on a small-scale platform. They will learn how to choose the most effective conflict resolution approach to a dispute. These skills are not only relevant for career employment but are crucial for effectively addressing the multifaceted challenges posed by climate change.

Last update: Mgr. Ing. Magdalena Fiřtová, Ph.D. (11.01.2024)

Latour, Bruno. (2017). Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime. Cambridge, UK: Polity Press.
Burke, A., Fishel, S., Dalby, S., & Levine, D. J. (2016). Planet Politics†̄: A Manifesto from the End of IR. Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 44(3). doi:10.1126/sciadv.1400253
Dalby, S. (2014). Environmental Geopolitics in the Twenty First Century, Alternatives: Global, Local, Political 39 (1).
Dryzek, J. (2015). Institutions for the Anthropocene: Governance in a Changing Earth System. British Journal of Political Science, Novembre. doi: 10.1017/S000712341400045

Monbiot, George. 2017. Out of the Wreckage: A New Politics for an Age of Crisis. London: Verso
Mann, Geoff and Joel Wainwright. (2018) Climate Leviathan: A Political Theory of Our Planetary Future. NY: Verso.
Shannon O'Lear, Simon Dalby (2016). Reframing Climate Change:, Constructing ecological geopolitics. Routledge.

Teaching methods
Last update: Mgr. Ing. Magdalena Fiřtová, Ph.D. (11.01.2024)

Lectures and simulation.

Last update: Mgr. Ing. Magdalena Fiřtová, Ph.D. (29.01.2024)

Updated version of the syllabus, including the mandatory readings is available in the Moodle course here

22.2. - Introduction: Climate crisis as a (geo)political problem (Tomáš Jungwirth Březovský)
29.2. - Climate justice: winners and losers, power and conflicts (Kristina Zindulková)
7.3. - Global and regional power dynamics in the UNFCCC process (Romana J. Březovská)
14.3. - Geoengineering and the risk of breakdown of global governance (Oldřich Sklenář)
21.3. - Externalities, carbon pricing and the limits of economic modelling (Kristina Zindulková)
28.3. - No class, Dean's holiday
4.4. - Food / human security and “development aid” from the practical perspective (Barbora Chmelová)
11.4. - History of climate knowledge and disinformation (Vojtěch Pecka)
18.4. -  Sustainable finance (David Němeček)
25.4. - Energy transition: why is it a geopolitical issue? (Jan Svoboda)
2.5. - Fuelling decarbonization: critical materials and their value chains (Michal Čepelka)
9.5. - From security and competitiveness to resilience (Ondřej Kolínský)
16.5. - Degrowth, extractivism and activism (Nina Djukanović)

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