Aim

This course will offer students a thorough understanding of the scientific mechanisms and drivers behind climate change, and will offer students a thorough understanding of different theories of economics and politics in relation to sustainability, climate, and environment. The foundational knowledge of climate science will be incorporated in policy and economic analyses and discussions of national, regional, and global cases of how Science, Economics and Politics unfold in relation to questions of sustainability, environment, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Content

The course consists of three research-based parts; climate change science, economics, and political science. The parts will be taught both independently and will be integrated together through the use of empirical cases. The political economy approaches to be discussed include neo-classical economics, green growth economics, environmental economics, ecological modernisation, sustainable development, ecological economics, and deep ecology. Students will work with cases like the UN climate negotiations and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports, West Nordic Green Growth approaches, and the Faroe Islands’ fishery governance.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the students will be able to:

·         Describe and analyse various scientific mechanisms and drivers behind climate change.

·         Present a basic understanding of sustainability, climate, and environment and especially how the Human-Nature relationship works.

·         Describe, analyse and discuss climate and sustainability cases at national, regional, and global scale, and differentiate between different varieties of political economic approaches to sustainability and economic growth.

·         Critically answer and discuss questions about how climate change science, economics and politics relate to each other in practice.

·         Demonstrate skills in communication of new knowledge based on own material to a non-academic audience.

Present academic reflections about own dialogue with society on a given topic.

Aim

This course will offer students a necessary reflexive and critical understanding of knowledge and theories of governance and sustainable management. The course will apply an overall distinction between foundational and anti-foundational philosophies of science with which to discuss different governance and sustainable management approaches. The specific approaches will then be applied in analyses of West Nordic cases, and through discussions will give students a broad sense of actors and social dynamics in relation to the complex social issues that the small (micro) societies of the West Nordic Region are facing.

Content

The course content is divided into two parts: 1) The history of ideas, which will focus on the ideational content of different philosophy of science approaches informing governance and sustainable management. 2) The practices of governance and sustainable management, which will focus on the material and practical expressions of climate and environmental governance and sustainable management. Special attention will be given to examples from the West Nordic Region and the differences between “disciplinary approaches”; i.e. mono-, intra-, multi-, cross-, inter-, and transdisciplinarity.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the students will be able to:

  • Describe, analyse and discuss difficult and complex scientific and practical challenges relating to climate and environmental governance and sustainable management in a West Nordic perspective.
  • Describe, analyse and discuss differences between “disciplinary approaches”; i.e. mono-, intra-, multi-, cross-, inter-, and transdisciplinarity.
  • Critically answer and discuss questions about how science, policy and society relate to each other in both theory and practice.
  • Demonstrate skills in communication of new knowledge based on own material to a non-academic audience.
  • Present academic reflections about own dialogue with society on a given topic.