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Transnational challenges in sustainable development


Sustainability, Civil Society and Transnational Governance

7.5 credits




This course discusses the challenges to sustainable development related to transnational governance and complex interactions between various players. The concepts of global civil society, NGOs, and social movements are explored and the consequences and challenges resulting from transnational and multi-level governance are analysed.

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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
Problematise and analyse transnational governance and sustainability On this Master’s level course, you will problematise core concepts in the research field of transnational governance, as well as analyse environmental issues by using overarching concepts such as governance, civil society, globalisation and sustainable development. You will learn to apply core theoretical concepts in the research field of sustainability, civil society and transnational governance to help you analyse challenges to effective and legitimate governance linked to various environmental issues, as well as critically reviewing, presenting and discussing theories and literature within the research fields of sustainability, civil society and transnational governance. The course also includes the assessment of scientific, ethical and societal aspects related to environmental science and the analysis of governance in relation to the social, environmental and economic dimensions of sustainable development. Course design This course primarily builds on compulsory seminars and introductory lectures, with seminars being primarily designed to assist students in the study of the course literature. Grades are awarded on the basis of written assignments, oral presentations and participation in the seminars.
Study how the links between humans and nature affect the environment When you study Environmental Science, you investigate the links between humanity and nature, and how these links affect the environment and sustainable development. The subject includes important societal issues and sustainability targets. You gain an understanding of environmental problems and the origin, scope and management of environmental change. You also get to look in detail at current environmental issues, such as reduced biodiversity, environmental toxins and climate issues. The subject has an interdisciplinary approach because it focuses on both humans and nature. This means that you study scientific subjects as much as subjects in the social sciences, giving you a broad understanding of contemporary and future challenges. For example, you study the link between the environment and people’s socioeconomic conditions, and how human activities such as agriculture and chemical use have an impact on ecosystems. Environmental Science has a broad and comprehensive perspective in which you investigate how society manages environmental issues and environmental problems. The subject also covers specific issues, such as the Baltic Sea’s environmental problems, the influence of forestry, and urban environments.