Many of our environmental problems are transboundary and require international cooperation for their mitigation or solution. The course describes the role of scientific knowledge and how scientific uncertainty and ignorance are handled in relation to environmental policy development. Examples of international environmental issues covered in the course are anthropogenic climate change, regional transboundary air pollution, the ozone hole, international fisheries and environmental security. Special attention is given to the role of EU in European and national environmental regulation.

The course is based on lectures, seminars, gaming and includes a week’s excursion to Latvia.

The course is part of Master's Programme in Environmental Management and Physical Planning but can also be read as a separate course.

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Spring term, period C-D. Study tempo 100%


Competence equivalent to a Bachelor's degree containing at least 90 credits of one the following subjects; biology-earth sciences, biology, Earth sciences, geography, environmental sciences or urban and regional planning. Or 15 credits from Master's Programme in Urban and Regional Planning. 

Also required is knowledge equivalent to Swedish upper secondary school course English 6.


Application period for spring term: 15 September until 15 October.

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This also applies to master's students who are going to apply for optional courses within a program.