Social Movements, NGOs, and the Environment

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Course Number



S. Pieck

Course Long Title

Social Movements, NGOs, and the Environment


As powerful transnational actors, social movements and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) seek to address the environmental crisis in new ways. But why and when do environmental movements emerge? What makes them effective and what makes them fail? Do NGOs necessarily "do environmental good"? To whom are they accountable? How does transnational activism work and what are its pitfalls? Ultimately, what pathways do these kinds of politics offer? In pursuit of these questions, this seminar considers topics and case studies across the global north and south, using them as a lens through which to understand the complexities of socio-environmental change. Prerequisite(s): ENVR 204.

Modes of Inquiry

Analysis and Critique [AC], Historical and Social Inquiry [HS]

Writing Credit


INDS Program Relationship

IDES - ENVR Program

Class Restriction

Exclude First Years

Offering Frequency

Normally offered every year