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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.

Information about application for exchange students

  • Cancelled AS17 week 44-48, fulltime100%, day. Application code: SH-44118

Political Decision Making and Environmental Management II

Course 7.5 credits

This course focuses on the advanced analysis of institutional structures that affect the environmental policies and strategies of the European Union, and how the EU impacts environmental decision-making in the member states. In order to facilitate this analysis, general decision-making theory, rational theories and new institutionalism are given special attention. However, other theoretical perspectives are also scrutinised through individual studies chosen by the students. These studies examine, among other things, how and to what extent the EU influences national environmental decision-making, and to what extent member states are able to form their own policies in accordance with their circumstances. In order to cooperate and exchange knowledge with research groups at Södertörn University, special attention is paid to the situation in the Baltic Sea Region.

The information below comes from the syllabus and is valid from: spring semester 2015

Course design

Lectures and compulsory seminars.

Learning outcomes

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

  • describe and analyse the properties of different institutional theories
  • build institutional models for the analysis of specified environmental conditions
  • analyse the problems and opportunities presented by international environmental policies
  • design and complete an empirical environmental study, using different analytical tools based on structural theories.
  • assess the potential consequences for sustainability in relation to various forms of institutional solutions to environmental problems


The course is examined by:
- Seminars
- Written reports
- Reviews of other students’ reports
- Oral presentations

Absence from compulsory seminars may, after consultation with the examiner, be compensated for through written assignments. Absence from more than 50% of the seminars requires that the student take the course again.

Grading criteria will be distributed at course/module start.

Syllabus valid from spring semester 2015

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