English translation of course syllabus

Translation of the Swedish course syllabus

Political Decision Making and Environmental Management I, 7.5 credits

(Politiskt beslutsfattande och miljöförvaltning I, 7.5 högskolepoäng)

Course code 1160MJ
Subject area Environmental Science
Main field of study Environmental Science
Progressive specialisation A1N (Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements)
Academic school School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies
Disciplary domain Natural sciences 50%
Social sciences 50%
Grading scale AF
Education cycle Second-cycle (Master)
Language of instruction English
Valid from Autumn semester 2018


This course syllabus was validated by the Faculty Board for the Faculty Board for Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies at Södertörn University on 2018-04-23 according to the stipulations in the Higher Education Ordinance.

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

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 management
  • 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.

Course content, modules and examinations

This course offers advanced knowledge of political decision-making, with particular emphasis on environmental management at different analytical and political levels. To develop the student's skills in analysing complexities related to globalisation, regionalisation and administrative devolution/decentralisation, the course reviews the major analytical approaches in policy analysis. Contemporary debates between rational choice and its critics regarding political decision-making issues involving a plurality of actors, institutions and network linkages are also highlighted.

1001, Political Decision Making and Environmental Management I, 7.5 credits

(Politiskt beslutsfattande och miljöförvaltning I, 7.5 högskolepoäng)

Grades permitted: AF

Course design

Lectures and seminars.

Examination format

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.

The grading criteria are distributed prior to the start of a course or module.

If a student has a certificate from Södertörn University for compensatory support, the examiner has the right to decide on an adapted examination or alternative form of examination in accordance with Södertörn University's regulations.

Restrictions on accreditation

The course may not be accredited as part of a degree if the contents are partly or wholly the same as a course previously taken in Sweden or elsewhere.

Other stipulations

Following the Vice-Chancellors decision on internationalization and grade scale at Södertörn University College (dnr: 1148-1.1.2-2018), this syllabus replaces the syllabus with course code 1100MJ, with the difference that the grade system has been updated. The syllabus is determined through special order (dnr: 1776-2.1.1-2018).