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Multidisciplinary analysis of international environmental collaboration


Environmental Governance and the Role of Experts

7.5 hp

This course focuses on the multidisciplinary analysis of international environmental collaboration, but also discusses implications at national and local levels. Special emphasis is placed on the roles played by experts in environmental governance, EU perspectives, and collaboration on global environmental problems.

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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
Problematising and assessing environmental collaboration and expert participation Multidisciplinary analysis of international environmental collaboration is the particular focus of this course, but you will also discuss the implications at national and local levels. You will synthesise theories related to multilevel governance, Europeanisation, and regime analysis with bearing on environmental topics, using them as analytical instruments to enrich the understanding of complex key relationships. The course also includes the problematisation of major features of EU influence over contemporary environmental governance and compares and problematises major environmental issues from a multidisciplinary perspective. You will learn to apply given theoretical frameworks to research questions for exploring the interaction between science and policy, as well as to understand the implications of expert participation in relation to sustainable development. You will also critically assess the social, political and ecological impact of the various forms of expert and stakeholder participation in contemporary environmental governance. Course design This course is primarily taught through lectures that are combined with compulsory seminars; these are designed to provide support for your study of the course literature. The course is examined through a written examination that covers the course literature and seminar assignments.
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.