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Governance of Sustainability (MSc)

Programme structure

During the programme, you are continuously challenged to examine different perspectives in order to develop solutions needed to achieve a sustainable society.

To educate you as a sustainability broker in the public domain, we have chosen four sustainability themes and connected those to four governance themes.

The four sustainability themes were chosen to represent the most urgent sustainability challenges in terms of the extent to which planetary boundaries are being surpassed, which are i) Materials and Circular Economy , ii) Biodiversity and Ecosystems, iii) Climate and Energy and iv) Water and Toxicity.

In the context of the programme, we focus on the governance of the public domain in relation to the proposed sustainability challenges. The programme distinguishes four overarching governance themes: i) Institutions and Policy cycles; ii) Decision making and Governance networks; iii) Global governance and multi-level analysis and iv) Policy framing. In each of these themes, the interplay between the different key actors such as scientific experts, citizens, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), policy advisors, politicians, and companies is central.

For an up-to-date course overview, please visit the Prospectus.

Curriculum (120 EC)

  • Thematic course 1: Governance of materials & circular economy linked to institutions & policy cycles (12 EC)
  • Thematic course 2: Governance of biodiversity & ecosystems linked to decision-making & governance networks (12 EC)
  • Thematic course 3: Governance of climate change & energy transition linked to global governance & multi-level analysis (12 EC)
  • Thematic course 4: Governance of Water & toxicity linked to policy framing (12 EC)
  • Transdisciplinary skills (6 EC)
  • Qualitative research skills (6 EC)
  • Quantitative research skills (6 EC)
  • Sustainability Challenge (12 EC)
  • Electives (12 EC)
  • Thesis preparation course (6 EC)
  • Thesis Research Project (24 EC)

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