Environment and Energy in European Integration

Master’s level
7.5 credits (ECTS)
Study pace
Mixed time
Location independent
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Full education cost: 10 875 SEK
First payment: 10 875 SEK

No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.

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This education has a focus on sustainability. The teacher has created the course or program to fit into at least one of our 10 sustainability criteria. For you as a student, the sustainability label means guidance, quality assurance, and a guarantee that courses or programs contain a pronounced perspective on sustainability.


The course addresses and problematizes the EU's environmental and energy policy. First, the EU's legal foundation, the policy process, and the commitment to economic growth and integration of markets are analysed from an environmental perspective. This foundation and commitment constitutes a tension with environmental considerations, which is captured in the concept of sustainable development and the EU's commitment to this concept.

One aim is to provide a thorough understanding of the vagueness of sustainable development and in what ways the concept is used by/in the EU. This provides the baseline for thematic elaborations on different environmental and energy problems and future challenges for the EU. These thematic elaborations will also include analyses of the relation between the EU and member states, the EU as an international actor, the role of NGO's and other lobby groups.

The main format for the course is web-based distance learning, part-time, in English. The main forms of instruction are lectures, seminars, and assigned readings. This will be combined with assignments and peer feedback.

Prerequisites and selection


Admission to the course requires the successful completion of a minimum of 7,5 credits from either one or a combination of the courses EU4110 ?Co-operation and Conflict in Europe: current theory and research? (7,5 credits) and EU4310 ?Research Methods in European Studies? (15 credits), or equivalent knowledge. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.


Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 165 credits.

After graduation

After this course you are able to, for example:

  • Analyse specific environmental issues from a collective action perspective as well as with regard to: various interests at stake.
  • Understand what role EU institutions, different member states, and NGO's/lobby groups play in the policy process.
  • Argue for your own analytical findings.
  • Formulate and argue for a research problems within the field of European environment and energy.