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Entry requirements: 60 credits in Environmental Science and English B or equivalent

Selection: On the basis of previous university credits. Max. 165 credits may be taken into account.

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The Environment and Organisation

Course 15 credits

The course focuses on organisation theory and its application to the analysis of sustainability issues. It also focuses on conditions for organisations, including public, private, and voluntary organisations, in relation to their institutional and natural environments, and from local to global levels. It has two modules: Organisation Theory (7.5 credits) and Globalisation and Organising (7.5 credits). The students are introduced to different theoretical perspectives and are trained in selecting and applying theories to the study of sustainability issues, as well as organisations and organisational activities. We will address a variety of theories and perspectives: modern realist, interpretative, critical, and postmodern. The course elaborates on common concepts within classic and current organisation theory, including structure, contingency, resource dependency, institutional environment, culture, technology, and power. The latter module focuses particularly on globalisation and organisation, by elaborating on concepts related to international organisations, including international regimes, meta-organisations and multi-stakeholder organisations.

The information below comes from the syllabus and is valid from: spring semester 2013

Course design

The course consists of lectures and literature studies, seminars and project work.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student is able to:

  • describe and explain key concepts in classic and current organisation theory
  • describe and explain key concepts in studies of international organisations
  • apply different approaches within organisation theory, including studies of international organisations, to study a concrete sustainability issue at various organisational levels
  • analyse how globalisation affects the conditions for organisations and organisation processes
  • critically examine, analyse and evaluate local and international environmental management by employing different perspectives and theories from organisation theory, including studies of international organisations.


Organisation Theory: written take-home examination, written assignments and active participation in seminars
Globalisation and Organisation: oral and written presentation of project work, written take-home examination, and active participation in seminars

Grading criteria will be distributed at course/module start.

Syllabus valid from spring semester 2013

The above information and syllabus are based on the most recently validated decision. Any previous versions are available here.


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