Course ObjectiveLearning outcomes:
Knowledge and understanding - The student has acquired knowledge and
(1) political science research in the area of Global Environmental
Application - The student has acquired the competences to:
(2) critically evaluate research in the area of Global Environmental
Making judgements – the student demonstrates:
(3) critical theoretical and normative reflection on research results.
Learning skills – The student has acquired:
(4) the skills design theory-guided research projects, alone or in
(5) the skills to select and apply the appropriate methods and
techniques of data collection and analysis to carry out research
(6) enhanced academic writing skills to report on research for
(7) the skills to work in small research teams.
Course ContentAt the beginning of this workshop, students select one environmental
policy field or problem to further analyze during the course. Each week
is dedicated to one specific aspect of global environmental governance:
After an introduction into current debates in global change research,
the first week focuses on drivers of environmental degradation, such as
contemporary production and consumption practices, inadequate regulation
of business and industry, globalization, and vulnerability (financial
and otherwise). In week two, the focus is on international governance
within the respective issue area, i.e. environmental regimes and
international organizations. Week three extends this mapping of key
institutions and actors to the transnational realm (e.g. cities,
companies, non-governmental organizations). Week four addresses the
challenge of assessing effectiveness of global environmental governance
practices, whereas in week five, we focus on the justice dimension of
governance, particularly legitimacy, accountability and fairness.
Finally, in week six, the broader question of interlinkages between
issue areas, in particular between the environment and non-environmental
domains, are addressed. After having studied and discussed the concept
of the week, students work towards a short application to their policy
field in groups, with a focus on presenting complex environmental issues
to a broader audience (including policy-makers). Results will be
presented in class (as a group presentation) and discussed with peers
the professors. The final research paper will be academic in focus and
an individual assignment.
Teaching MethodsTutorial. Students will work in small groups, and report on their work
both orally and in writing.
Method of AssessmentIndividual assignments and group work; group presentation as well as
Final research paper (individual), 50%
Final portfolio (group), 30 %
In-class presentation of results (group), 20%
Entry RequirementsParticipation in Selected Issues in Global Environmental Governance
(S_SIGEG) is required.
LiteratureSelected articles and books.
To be announced in the course manual (see CANVAS).
Target AudienceStudents in the Master Political Science (Track Global Environmental
Also open as an elctive course for students in the Master Environment
and Resource Management and Exchange Students.
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Social Sciences|
|Course Coordinator||O.E. Widerberg|
You need to register for this course yourself
|Teaching Methods||Study Group|