Workshop in Global Environmental Governance


Course Objective

Learning outcomes:

Knowledge and understanding - The student has acquired knowledge and
understanding of:
(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
working groups;
(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 Content

At 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 and
transnational governance within the respective issue area, i.e.
environmental regimes, international organizations, cities, companies,
non-governmental organizations. Week three addresses the challenge of
assessing effectiveness of global environmental governance practices,
whereas in week four and 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 and the professors. The
final research paper will be academic in focus and an individual

Teaching Methods

Tutorial. Students will work in small groups, and report on their work
both orally and in writing.

Method of Assessment

Individual assignments and group work; group presentation as well as
in-class participation:
Final research paper (individual), 50%
Final portfolio (group), 30 %
In-class presentation of results (group), 20%

Entry Requirements

Participation in Selected Issues in Global Environmental Governance
(S_SIGEG) is required.


Selected articles and books.
To be announced in the course manual (see CANVAS).

Target Audience

Students 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.

General Information

Course Code S_WGEG
Credits 12 EC
Period P4
Course Level 600
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences
Course Coordinator O.E. Widerberg
Examiner O.E. Widerberg
Teaching Staff O.E. Widerberg

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