Global Environmental Governance

Course content

Global environmental governance (GEG) is an interdisciplinary course. It provides insights into different types of environmental problems, the ways they are framed, and environmental governance mechanisms and theories that address these problems. The course introduces and applies key concepts and issues seen from perspectives of political science, geography, law, and life sciences.

In the course we engage in and work with: 1) Varying global environmental issues, such as climate change, and deforestation; 2) concepts, theories and practices of relevance to global environmental governance and international environmental politics; 3) international actors, organizations and regimes, such as the Paris Agreement, UNEP, and the RIO Convention on Biodiversity.

During the course the students complete and discuss different small assignments within the main topics where they demonstrate the acquired knowledge and their developed skills or competences. The assignments are collected in a portfolio.


MSc Programme in Nature Management
MSc Programme in Forest Ecosystems, Nature and Society SUFONAMA
MSc Programme in Climate Change
MSc Programme in Forest and Nature Management

Learning outcome

Objective of the course:
The main objective of the course is to provide interdisciplinary knowledge, skills, and competences for the students that can assist them in dealing with global environmental governance in an international and/or national work context.

Learning outcomes:


At the end of the course, the students can retrieve, recognize and recall knowledge aquired from the course (including lectures, readings, and assignments) on:

  • Global environmental problems and issues,
  • concepts and theories,
  • international organizations and regimes,
  • different types of actors and the roles they play in global environmental governance



Further, the students can:

  • Explain and compare theories and concepts from the course,
  • exemplify and compare environmental problems and the challenges they pose to global governance



Finally, the students can:

  • Apply and discuss concepts and theories from the course in analyses of global environmental problems and solutions, institutions and regimes,
  • Compare and reflect on the (relative) strengths and weaknesses of different concepts and theories in relation to carrying out such analyses

As a rule, the lectures will be based on a dialogue between teachers and students. During the course there will be different assignments related to the introduced topics. The assignments, subject to feedback from lecturers and fellow students, are collected in a portfolio, which is submitted towards the end of the course.

You can find a good introduction to the topic in:

Harris,P.G. (ed.) 2015. Routledge Handbook Of Global Environmental Politics, Routledge, London. 

O’Neil, Kate (2017): The Environment and International Relations, Cambridge University Press.


This course is for graduate students, i.e. students who hold a BSc degree in any field.

Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
During the course, the students elaborate at least three individual and group assignments to be defined by the lecturers. At least two of these assignments are in writing (two pages each). The rest of the assignments may also be in writing or take other forms such as audio/video files, mindmaps, or a poster. At the end of the course, the students collect their revised assignments in portfolios and submit. The lecturers will grade each portfolio as one unit.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Internal examiners
Criteria for exam assessment

See Learning Outcomes

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 40
  • Theory exercises
  • 10
  • Preparation
  • 62
  • Project work
  • 90
  • Guidance
  • 4
  • English
  • 206