Environmental politics and institutions
In this course you will learn about the political attempts to cope with several environmental problems related to for example the marine environment, water, land use, biodiversity, and various airborne environmental problems including climate change.
The course is offered as a semi-elective course within the Master's programme in Political Science and also as a single subject course.
How can society, through policy attempts, cope and reduce a range of environmental problems related to for example the marine environment, water, land use, biodiversity and various airborne environmental problems including climate change? These questions are discussed during the course, which are based on several theoretical approaches, mainly social dilemma theory, theories about public opinion and behaviour, and institutional theory. However, also political theory (principally distributional theory) and game theory have central roles throughout the course.
The course starts with an introduction of the central concept and theoretical starting points. The course is then divided into three blocks that deal with the importance of institutions for environmental policy, the influence of norms on environmental behavior, and the design of environmental policy instruments. The course ends with the writing of a course paper in the form of a research plan.