South African Politics and the Environment

University of the Western Cape

Course Description

  • Course Name

    South African Politics and the Environment

  • Host University

    University of the Western Cape

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study

    African Studies, Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    At the end of the module a student should be able to: Explain the political context in which the South African government functions, including South Africa's transition to democracy; Analyse political party policies and elections in post-apartheid South Africa Understand South Africa's position in a regional and international context; Analyse the environment as a political issue and policy problem of sustainable development generally and in South Africa specifically Compare the central ideas of green political thought, e.g. ecologism and environmental justice Provide a typology of environmental groups and an analysis of their impact Describe governmental and corporate responses to environmental problems, e.g. international climate change agreements to reduce greenhouse gasses.
    South Africa's political transition from apartheid to democracy South African political parties (policies and historical foundations) Trends in South African elections since 1994 The South African political economy and its regional and global context Introduction to environmental politics and environmental sustainability as a policy issue in South Africa green political thought (ecologism/environmentalism) Environmental groups (green parties and activist groups)
    challenges of responses to environmental questions(at the South African and international political level)

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


This site uses cookies to store information on your computer. Some are essential to make our site work; others help us improve the user experience. By using the site, you consent to the placement of these cookies.

Read our Privacy Policy to learn more.