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Kursussøgning, efter- og videreuddannelse

Geopolitics of Climate Change

Practical information
Study year 2016/2017
Block 2
Programme level Full Degree Master
Course responsible
  • Sune Tougaard (4-76787772436c6a71316e7831676e)
  • Department of Geoscience and Natural Resource Management
Course number: NIGK15011U

Course content

The course comprises the following main themes:

  • The global distribution of impacts of climate change and of technological options and capacities to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
  • An introduction to the institutions of climate change governance at global, regional and local scale.
  • International climate change negotiations and policies and the climate change regulatory frameworks.
  • International relations and security issues related to climate change.

Learning outcome

The aim of the course is to give an interdisciplinary introduction to the major topics involved with geopolitics of climate change:


  • Refer to the main conclusions of the IPCC reports.
  • Understand the role of the global climate change governance institutions, such as the UNFCCC, the IPCC and WMD.
  • Knowledge of the major players in regional and local climate change governance, such as the nation states, cities, companies, and civil society.
  • Knowledge of EU policies on climate change, renewable energy and GHG-reduction.
  • Knowledge of the Kyoto Protocol and the principles for allocating emission quota.



  • Understand the major issues of the climate change negotiations within the COP-process.
  • Understand the working of the regulatory CAC and MBI frameworks.
  • Understanding of types of conflicts associated with climate change, of securitization of climate change, and of climate refugees and their status.



  • Discuss climate change policies at local, regional and global scale.
  • Compare and evaluate climate change policies and the regulatory frameworks.
  • Discuss climate change as an issue in international relations and security, for example referring to economic impacts, international legal implications, destabilization, ethical and technological aspects.

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MSc Programme in Climate Change


Study Board of Geosciences and Management

Course type

Single subject courses (day)


1 block


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Teaching and learning methods

The form of teaching is theory exercises combined with ad hoc lectures. For the teaching plan, please see Absalon.


60 students




Category Hours
Theory exercises 35
Project work 35
Preparation 136
English 206


Type of assessment

Oral examination, 20 minutes
Written assignment
The written assignment is prepared during the course and must be handed in prior to the exam week. The oral exam uses the written assignment as its point of departure. It includes the titles listed in the officially approved reading list. A combined grade is given after the oral exam.


All aids allowed

Marking scale

7-point grading scale

Criteria for exam assessment

Please see learning outcome

Censorship form

No external censorship
Several internal examiners.


Re-submission of written assignment, 20 minutes oral examination. The written assignment must be handed in prior to the re-examination week. The oral exam uses the written assignment as its point of departure. It includes the titles listed in the officially approved reading list.

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