Global Summer School
S023 China’s Policy on Climate Change, Energy and Environment

Duration: 2017.7.6-2017.7.20 (2 weeks)


Campus: Xuhui 


Course Description
This course explores the challenges associated with climate change, energy and environmental policies from multiple perspectives, disciplines and scales. Students will be trained to examine the evolving science and policy of climate change, tussles among big global emitters regarding commitments and responsibility, and the conflicts between energy giants and interest groups in China. Additionally, China’s energy and environmental policies will be scrutinized in a context of global and domestic politics. Through various case studies, students are encouraged to grasp the nature of China’s national development strategies and the risks and challenges the country is facing in implementing its “green policies”. At the same time, students will be expected to apply theories of IPE and PE while conducting analysis. 



  • Understand the interaction between politics and economics, especially in a Chinese context;
  • Understand the economic dimension of foreign policy and international politics regarding energy and environmental issues;
  • Understand the interaction between mitigation, energy efficiency and technology innovation;
  • Integrate different stakeholder perspectives, disciplines, scales and geographic contexts in evaluating China’s mitigation efforts, energy and environmental policies;
  • Understand China’s develomentalist approach and the shift from a GDP-orientation to a more balanced development;
  • Develop both oral and written communication skills to facilitate systematic analysis and effective consideration of these complex issues.



Dr. Junhua Zhang


Dr. Junhua Zhang is currently a Professor of Political Science at the School of International and Public Affairs of Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU). He acts as director of International Master’s Degree Program of the SJTU, and executive director of the Centre for Contemporary Sino-Israel Studies (CCSIS – in establishment). He was a senior visiting fellow of the University of Sussex in 2011 and visiting professor of the Hebrew University 2012. In addition, he is a senior associate at the European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS) based in Brussels.


Participation, Attendance, Engagement, Reflection 20%
Presentations 20%
Final research paper 60%


Program Director : Dr. Junhua Zhang (
Program Coordinator :Ms. Jingjing Peng ( )

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