This course aims to introduce the tools, approaches and institutions that govern political decision-making in environmental conservation and natural resource management. The course starts with an overview of global environmental issues of concern to all humanity and their impact on people’s life. Students further explore the international and national policy frameworks that focus on environmental issues and zero in on their solutions. Students learn about the history of environmental policy and politics in the US, Europe (and particularly the EU), former Soviet Union and post-Soviet space; emergence and evolution of green parties, social movements and groups. Armenia’s international obligations in the environmental sector are presented to students.