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European Environment and Energy

Master’s level
15 credits (ECTS)
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Full education cost: 23 000 SEK
First payment: 23 000 SEK

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

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In this course, you will have in-depth knowledge of the economic, judicial, and political conditions for environmental and energy policy-making in the European Union. The course treats and problematizes the European Union's environmental and energy politics. You will be analyzing the European Union's legal foundation, the political process, and the commitments for economic growth and market integration from an environmental perspective.


During this course you will get deeper 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 the member states, the EU as an international actor, the role of NGO´s and other lobby groups. The thematic elaborations are structured so that they analyze (1) the role of various actors, institutions and interests in the policy process; (2) implementation issues, including the relation between the EU and the member states; and (3) the EU as a global actor, focusing e.g. on the possible conflicts between EU’s policy promotion internationally and the political practices of EU internally as well as in third countries.

The course is sustainability-focused, which means that at least one of the learning outcomes clearly shows that the course content meets at least one of the University of Gothenburg’s confirmed sustainability criteria.

Prerequisites and selection

Entry requirements

The requirement for admission to the course is a Bachelors degree with a minimum of 90 higher education credits in a social science discipline or a humanities discipline. Students at the Law programme are also eligible to apply to the course, after three years (180 higher education credits, equivalent of a bachelor degree). Priority will be given to applicants with 60 higher education credits in European Studies. 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. Priority will be given to those with a least 60 credits in European Studies.


The Department of Political Science is located in Campus Haga, which lies right in the centre of the city of Gothenburg.

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