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Environmental politics and institutions

Course
Master’s level
15 credits (ECTS)
Study pace
100%
Time
Day
Location
Göteborg
Study form
Campus
Language
English
Duration
-
Application open
-
Application code
GU-27653
Tuition
Full education cost: 21 250 SEK
First payment: 21 250 SEK

Summary

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.

About

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.

Prerequisites and selection

Requirements

Admission to the course requires the successful completion of the course SK2121 Political Science Analysis (15 credits) or completion of a minimum of 15 credits from the courses given in one of the programmes, Master's Programme in European Studies or Master's Programme in International Administration and Global Governance, or equivalent. 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

Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 225 credits.

For admission to the summer 2021 and onward the following selection applies: selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 165 credits.

After graduation

The course can be combined with other in-depth courses in political science as well as method and thesis courses on the advanced level.