STV4250 – Global Environmental and Climate Policy
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
This course provides an overview of global environmental policy and especially global climate policy. The course comprises overarching conceptual frameworks, select empirical domains of global environmental policy, and the management of long-term environmental policy challenges. As the international negotiations within the global climate regime aspire to conclude a successor agreement to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol for the period following 2020 by the end of 2015, course participants will undertake structured simulations of potential outcomes of such negotiations.
- Gain an overview of theoretical concepts that enable them to
- analyze generic global environmental problems, and
- understand the strategic challenges in managing long-term environmental challenges
Students will undertake a range of assignments, either individually or in small groups (see also “teaching”). In particular, they will broaden their skills basis by
- outlining a long-term environmental challenge of their choice,
- compose their own group wikis,
- compose actor papers on negotiations positions for a potential 2015 global climate agreement, and undertake
- web-based group simulations of such negotiations
- apply a range of concepts and methods to generic global environmental challenges,
- diagnose as well as propose partial remedies for long-term environmental policy challenges,
- work individually as well as in groups on a diverse set of short assignments
Students admitted to other Master programmes may be qualified to apply for the course. Please see the webpage on Admission to single master's courses.
For incoming students: All Master's courses in Political Science must be registered manually by the Department, they will not appear in Studentweb. Contact your international coordinator at UiO.
Formal prerequisite knowledge
Bachelor's Degree in Political Science or similar.
This course will be taught over a four week period, interrupted for 10 days of student preparations for the web-based simulations.
Throughout the course, a portfolio approach for exams will be employed.
- an (individual) outline of a long-term environmental challenge,
- 2 (group) wikis,
- an (individual) actor paper and actor paper presentation, as well as
- a (group) simulation of global climate negotiations, (group) presentation, and (group) simulation paper
Language of examination
The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
Explanations and appeals
It is recommended to request an explanation of your grade before you decide to appeal.
The deadline to request an explanation is one week after the grade is published. For oral and practical examinations, the deadline is immediately after you have received your grade.
The explanation should normally be given within two weeks after you have asked for it. The examiner decides whether the explanation is to be given in writing or verbally.
Resit an examination
Withdrawal from an examination
It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.
Special examination arrangements
Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.
The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.