Master's Programme in Political Science: Environmental Governance and Behavior
This new state-of-the-art education prepares for a career in the expansive field of environmental governance. The programme combines cutting-edge research on the sustainable use of natural resources from two academic disciplines: political science and psychology. Along with a thorough emphasis on scientific methods, this education establishes a solid preparatory platform for the new generation of ‘green professionals’, in politics, public administration, private sector or civil society.
Do you want to explore the psychological and political obstacles and opportunities to our sustainable future? This programme combines the focus on people’s environmental attitudes and beliefs within psychology with the focus on institutions and policy instruments within political science to explore environmental friendly possibilities. Courses address real environmental problems, such as water management, the oceans, land use, biodiversity and various airborne problems, including climate change, with emphasis on their possible solutions. Teachers are active as scholars in research-groups on these issues, including the Centre for Collective Action Research (CeCAR) and the Environmental Psychology Unit (EPU).
The programme’s take-off is a core-course in political science, it proceeds with scientific method, and advances through in-depth courses on social scientific conceptualizations of the environment, environmental politics and institutions, environmental psychology and political psychology. The master’s thesis is the completing educational step.
Specialize in your choice of research methods
We offer highly qualified studies in research methods, including the opportunity to specialize through a selection of four courses:
- Applied Statistical Analysis
- Applied Qualitative Research Methods
- Applied Qualitative Research Methods, problems and design
- Introduction to Applied Research Design and Quantitative Research Methods for Social Scientists
Taking one methods course is mandatory, but you can choose to take two. This opportunity provides additional preparation for the job market, where exceptional skills in research methods are as relevant for careers within public policy as the monitoring of political power.
Programme structure and content
The first semester provides advanced knowledge of main research areas within contemporary political science and gives you the opportunity to choose between four research methods courses.
The second semester has in-depth research-oriented courses in political science.
The third semester has courses in psychology for a full semester, or half a semester of additional research methods.
The final semester concerns your master’s thesis project. You will independently develop and apply the theoretical and methodological knowledge and skills gained throughout the programme. Researchers with an international reputation in their field and with solid experience of guiding research projects are available as advisors.