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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.

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  • Closed... AS17 week 49-02, fulltime100%, day. Application code: SH-44123
  • 15/03/2018 AS18 week 50-03, fulltime100%, day. Application code: SH-44091

Political Decision Making and Environmental Management I

Course 7.5 credits

This course provides students with Master’slevel knowledge of environmental and political decision-making at various analytical and political levels. A comprehensive study of central research traditions is carried out to strengthen the student’s ability to understand complicated decision-making contexts, such as globalisation, regionalisation and administrative decentralisation. The classical debate between proponents of rational choice theories and their critics is studied and discussed. Special emphasis is given to studies of policy situations involving a multitude of stakeholders, institutions and networks.

The information below comes from the syllabus and is valid from: autumn semester 2014

Course design

Lectures and seminars.

Learning outcomes

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

  • describe the general features of political decision-making according to different theoretical traditions
  • apply theoretical decision-making models to real situations of environmental
  • assess to what extent and how interaction between stakeholders at different
levels affects governance patterns
  • analyse the construction of environmental problems in political decision-making
  • analyse the behaviour of different actors in rational decision-making settings.


The course is assessed by the oral presentation of material related to seminars and by an individual written report covering the course literature. Absence from seminars must be compensated for by alternative assignments. Absence from more than 50% of the seminars requires that the student take the course again. Compsatory 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 2014

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