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Environmental Governance, 7,5 hp

Engelskt namn: Environmental Governance

Denna kursplan gäller: 2013-05-27 till 2014-08-31 (nyare version av kursplanen finns)

Kurskod: 2SV037

Högskolepoäng: 7,5

Utbildningsnivå: Grundnivå

Huvudområden och successiv fördjupning: Statsvetenskap: Grundnivå, har mindre än 60 hp kurs/er på grundnivå som förkunskapskrav

Betygsskala: För denna kurs ges betygen VG Väl godkänd, G Godkänd, U Underkänd

Ansvarig institution: Statsvetenskapliga institutionen

Beslutad av: Prefekt, 2009-05-19

Reviderad av: Lena Forsberg, 2013-05-28


The course introduces environmental problems and global environmental change as complex, transboundary, multi-level and multi-sector issues, that need to be dealt with at all administrative levels and with an integrated approach across policy areas. Using theories of governances, we will discuss what this may imply in practice for the policy-making and implementation of environmental politics on different levels. The course introduces key theoretical concepts useful for the understanding of global environmental change as a policy problem, and employs different ideological perspectives for further understanding and analysis of the mechanisms driving global environmental change and environmental politics.

Förväntade studieresultat

Regarding knowledge and understanding, students who successfully complete the course are expected to be able to:

• Describe and understand the complexity of environmental problems and global environmental change, and the transboundary, multi-level and multi-sector character of environmental governance.

• Describe and understand concepts and theories that are central to the study of environmental governance, including sustainable development, multi-level governance, and institutional interplay.

Regarding competence and skills, students who successfully complete the course are expected to be able to:

• Employ and argue different ideological perspectives to explain and propose solutions to global environmental change.

• Apply theories of governance to the policy-making and implementation of environmental politics.

• Critically discuss issues of power and inequality in relation to environmental governance.


Univ: 30 ECTS-credits in Political Science or equivalent.

Undervisningens upplägg

The course consists of lectures, seminars (including oral presentations), and a role-play (including a written assignment and oral presentations). The lectures aim to support students’ learning as a complement to individual studies of the required readings; the seminars offer the opportunity to further discuss issues and concepts introduced throughout the course; and the role-play provides a deeper understanding of how global environmental governance is carried out, as well as a chance to practice skills of argumentation and oral presentation. Participation in seminars and role-play is mandatory.


The course grade is based on active participation in seminars and role-play, completion of seminar and role-play assignments (oral and written), and a take-home exam. Three grades can be awarded: Fail (U), Pass (G), and Pass with distinction (VG).

Students who fail an examination may retake that examination at least 5 times. A student has the right to be tested in accordance with the same syllabus as during the original examination for up to two years after the first registration. A student has the right to request a new examiner if he/she fails two sub-course examinations (i.e. an examination and a retest). In such cases students should contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies (Studierektor).


The Director of Undergraduate Studies (Studierektor) makes decisions about transfer credits for a module or course. Students who want to transfer credits should submit a written request to the Director of Undergraduate Studies. The request should specify which module or course the request applies to. An official transcript should also be submitted. The transcript must include the following information: where and when the course was given, the discipline and level of the course, total course credits and grade received. A syllabus describing the course and listing required reading should be submitted with the request. Where applicable, written research papers should also be submitted.

Övriga föreskrifter

Course evaluations are administered at the end of each module.


Giltig från: 2013 vecka 22

Environmental Governance

Carter Neil
The politics of the environment : ideas, activism, policy
2. ed. : Cambridge ;a New York : Cambridge University Press : 2007 : xxi, 410 s. :
ISBN: 978-0-521-68745-4 (pbk.)
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Paths to a green world : the political economy of the global environment
Clapp Jennifer, Dauvergne Peter
2nd ed. : Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press : 2011 : xxiii, 354 p. :
ISBN: 978-0-262-51582-5 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Läsanvisning: Läsanvisning: Selected chapters. 1st edition available as e-book via the University Library.

Evans James.
Environmental governance
1st ed. : Milton Park Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge : 2012. : xviii, 254 p. :
ISBN: 978-0-415-58981-9 (hardback)
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Institutions and environmental change : principal findings, applications, and research frontiers
Young Oran R., King Leslie A., Schroeder Heike
Cambridge, MA : MIT Press : 2008 : xxii, 373 s. :
ISBN: 978-0-262-74033-3 (hft.)
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Bäckstrand Karin
Multi-stakeholder partnerships for sustainable devlopment: rethinking legitimacy, accountability and effectiveness
Ingår i:
European environment [Elektronisk resurs]
New York : J. Wiley : 16 : sid. 290-306 :

Dauvergne Peter
The Problem of Consumption
Ingår i:
Global environmental politics [Elektronisk resurs]
Cambridge, MA : MIT Press : 2001- : 10 : sid. 1-10 :

Jordan Andrew
The governance of sustainable development: taking stock and looking forwards
Ingår i:
Environment and planning.
London : 1983- : 26 : sid. 17-33 :

Implementing Multi-level Governance? The legal Basis and Implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive for Forestry in Sweden
Keskitalo Carina, Pettersson Maria
Ingår i:
Environmental policy and governance
Main St. Malden, Mass. : John Wiley : 2009- : 22 : sid. 90-103 :

Environmental governance
Lemos Maria, Agrawal Arun
Ingår i:
Annual review of environment and resources [Elektronisk resurs].
Palo Alto, Calif. : Annual Reviews : 2003- : 31 : sid. 297-325 :

Young Oran
Land use, environmental change, and sustainable development: The role of institutional diagnostics
Ingår i:
International journal of the commons [Elektronisk resurs]
5 : sid. 66-85 :

Geraldine Terry
No climate justice without gender justice: an overview of the issues
Ingår i:
Gender and development [Elektronisk resurs]
[Oxford] : Oxfam : 1996- : 17 : sid. 5-18 :

Piattoni Simona
Multi-level Governance: a Historical and Conceptual Analysis
Ingår i:
Revue d'intégration européenne.
Amsterdam : Harwood Academic Publishers : 31 : sid. 163-180 :

United Nations Development Program, 2011. Sustainability and EQuity: A Better Future For All. human Development Report 2011 (Summary). Read online or download here: http://hdr.undp.org/en/reports/global/hdr2011/summary/.

Handed out in class

Lindstad, Siri, 2009. My car needs diesel and I need food. NIKK Magasin, (2.2009), 8-11. Moustgaard, Ulrikke, 2009. Climate change hits ppor women hardest. NIKK Magasin, (2.2009), 21-25.