90381 - Africa And Governance Of Climate Change

Course Unit Page

  • Teacher Arrigo Pallotti

  • Credits 2

  • SSD SPS/13

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Forli

  • Degree Programme First cycle degree programme (L) in International relations and diplomatic affairs (cod. 8048)

  • Teaching resources on Virtuale


This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

No poverty Climate Action

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The student will be able to frame the complex phenomeon of the climate change, to understand the main interdependencies pertaining he interaction between climate change and political, social and economic transformations under way in Africa, with a special focus on migration and violent conflicts. 

Course contents

1. The impact of climate change on African states and societies. 

2. The national, regional and international policies implemented to mitigate the effects of climate change in Africa.

3. Case studies.


The course will be taught through MS TEAMS.


The bibliography includes few readings common to all the three modules and readings specific for each module. Additional reading will be required for not attending students. Most part of the readings will be in English. Some readings will be made available on the IOL website service of UNIBO.

Bibliography for attending students.

a) Bibliography common to all the modules.

One of the following books, at choice.

Mastrojeni G. e Pasini A.., 2017, Effetto Serra Effetto Guerra. Clima, Conflitti, Migrazioni: l'Italia in Prima Linea. Chiarelettere Editore;

Di Paola M., 2015, Cambiamento Climatico. Una Piccola Introduzione. LUISS University Press.

b) Bibliography for the third module

N. Sewankambo, J. Tumwine, H. Besada, The Impact of Climate Change on Health Governance and Sovereignty in Africa, in J. Kirton, A. Cooper, F. Lisk, H. Besada (eds), Moving Health Sovereignty in Africa. Disease, Governance, Climate Change, Furnham, Ashgate, 2014.

J. Morrissey, Environmental Change and Human Migration in Sub-Saharan Africa, in E. Piguet, F. Laczko (eds), People on the Move in a Changing Climate, New York, Springer, 2014.

D. Roberts, S. 0’Donoghue, Urban environmental challenges and climate change action in Durban, South Africa, in Environment and Urbanization, 2, 25, 2013.

Bibliography for not attending students

The detailed bibliography will be communicated at the course start.

Teaching methods


Depending on the number of attenting students, group work will be required. Each group will make a class presentation in which a summary of the assigned papers and/or book chapters will be discussed.

Assessment methods

For the attending students there will be two mid-term exams and a final exam. Each mid-term exam is worth 30% of the final grade; the final exams 40%.

The first mid-term exam will cover the arguments of the first module. The second mid-term exam will cover the arguments of the second and third modules. In each mid-term exam students must answer to three open questions; each exam lasts two hours.

The final exam will be a Report that students write at home; this Report will then be discussed with the instructors during the oral final exam. The topic of the Report will be communicated by IOL. The Report must be sent to the instructors at least 10 days before the oral final exam.

For the not-attending students the final exam will be oral and it will cover all the required readings.

Teaching tools

Slides, database, videos and official documents.

Office hours

See the website of Arrigo Pallotti