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Entry requirements: The equivalent of English B and a Bachelor's degree including a minimum of 90 credits in Environmental Science, Bioscience, Political Science, Sociology, International Health, Media and Communication Studies, or the equivalent

Selection: On the basis of previous university credits. Between 30 and 285 credits may be taken into account.

  • Closed... AS18 week 36-40, fulltime100%, day. Application code: SH-44142
  • 15/03/2019 AS19 week 36-40, fulltime100%, day. Application code: SH-44011

Environmental Governance and the Role of Experts

Course 7,5 credits

The interplay between political decision-makers, experts and the public is playing an increasingly important role in modern society with regard to environmental governance and sustainable development. On this course, students expand their knowledge and skills in analysing how various environmental issues are dealt with at an international level, how the media affects such processes and how multidisciplinary perspectives may enrich our understanding of these matters. Because of the important role played by the EU in present day Europe, special emphasis is placed on how the EU affects environmental governance. A major ambition of this course is to bring a variety of theories from different disciplines together, with the objective of reaching a broad understanding of the prerequisites for successful international collaboration on environmental matters.

The information below comes from the syllabus and is valid from: autumn semester 2018

Course design

This course primarily builds on lectures in combination with compulsory seminars. These lectures and seminars are primarily designed to assist students in the study of the course literature.

Learning outcomes

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

  • assess different disciplinary perspectives on environmental governance and the role of experts
  • problematise major features of EU influence over contemporary environmental governance
  • compare and problematise major environmental issues from a multidisciplinary perspective
  • apply given theoretical frameworks to research questions for exploring the interaction between science and policy
  • understand the implications of expert participation in relation to sustainable development
  • critically assess the social, political and ecological impact from various forms of expert and stakeholder participation in contemporary environmental governance.


Written, on-campus, examination covering the course literature and seminar assignments.
Absence from seminars must be compensated for through alternative assignments. Absence from more than 50% of the seminars requires that the student takes the course again. Compensatory assignments must be handed in within one year of course completion.

Grading criteria will be distributed at course/module start.

Syllabus valid from autumn semester 2018

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


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