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Policy analysis, rationality and environmental management


Political Decision Making and Environmental Management I

7.5 credits




This course offers advanced knowledge of political decision-making, with particular emphasis on environmental management at different analytical and political levels. It reviews the major analytical approaches in policy analysis and examines the contemporary debate about rational choice and its critics regarding political decision-making issues.

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Knowledge and expertise for the analysis and management of environmental change The interdisciplinary format of Environmental Science contributes to a wide range of available professions being open to you after graduation. You have the knowledge to analyse environmental change and society’s management of this, for example in research or consultancy work. Or you can contribute through knowledge of the management of environmental and sustainability issues, or provide information and communication activities about the environment and sustainability at companies or interest groups. Expertise on the environment and sustainable development is needed at all companies and organisations that analyse, communicate and manage issues related to sustainability and the environment. These are found in both the public and private sectors. Examples of workplaces include municipalities, state and international environmental management organisations or private businesses that work on sustainability and the environment. Studying Environmental Science provides direct links to local, national and global challenges in sustainability and the environment. It provides you with a stable background on which to promote societal debate and management of these issues, both in politics and in everyday life. Read about research in this subject
Theory and analysis of political decision-making about environmental management This Master’s level course provides advanced knowledge of political decision-making, with an emphasis on environmental management at different analytical and political levels, and you will learn the general features of political decision-making according to different theoretical traditions. You will also develop your skills in analysing complexities related to globalisation, regionalisation and administrative devolution/decentralisation, and review the major analytical approaches in policy analysis, analysing the construction of environmental problems in political decision-making and the behaviour of different actors in rational decision-making settings. You will apply theoretical decision-making models to real situations of environmental management and assess to what extent and how interaction between stakeholders at different levels affects governance patterns. Course design This course is taught through lectures and seminars, and is assessed on the basis of oral presentations of material related to seminars and by an individual written report on the course literature.
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