The MDP in Environmental Policy and Law has two alternative majors:
How to choose?
Students choose the major during the first spring semester of their studies. Please note that the decision on the chosen major is binding! After this, the major can be changed only with a formal, written procedure.
It is recommended that the student takes the compulsory studies before continuing to the major studies; the compulsory studies are planned to guide students with their decision on the major. Elective studies can be taken simultaneously with the major studies.
Choice of major
Students in the Master's Degree Programme in Environmental Policy and Law can independently choose their major. They will choose between two alternative majors: Natural Resources Governance or Environmental and Climate Change Law. The official choice will be made during the spring of the first year of studies, by an official form. Before the choice students are required to discuss their plans regarding the major studies with the programme coordinator, and to present their personal study plan prior to the choice of major. The choice of major is binding upon the students. Students that have made the choice are bound to complete their studies in the chosen major.
Natural Resources Governance 5319102 (100 cp)
The scientific background for the Natural Resources Governance is environmental policy which offers the social scientific perspective to current environmental problems and their solutions. Within the major, the students can specialise in global and local governance issues and in policy formulation and implementation.
Compulsory courses in Natural Resources Governance include Theories and Methods for Social Studies of Environmental Issues, Community Relations and Conflict Mediation in Natural Resources Management, Natural Resource Governance. Other courses are to be chosen according to the student's interests. The student can deepen his or her knowledge, for instance, on various issues of natural resources governance such as mining or food production by choosing special courses. It is also possible to focus on policy instruments and management practices.
|Thematic grouping of the courses |
(Major: Natural Resources Governance)
|Courses related to a specific natural resource sector: |
5119162 Mining, environment and society I 5 cp
5119163 Mining, environment and society II 5 cp
5119164 Food and Society I 5 cp
5119165 Food and Society II 5 cp, literature
3513151 International Forest Governance and Environmental Policy 5 op
|Communities and environmental governance: |
5119157 Community Relations and Conflict Mediation in Natural Resources Management, literature 3 cp
5311717 Environmental and Social Impact Assessment 5 cp
5119174 Environmental Collaboration and Conflict Resolution 5 op
5319109 Global Environmental Politics 5 cp
Theoretical approaches on natural resource governance;
Environmental and Climate Change Law 5319103 (100 cp)
Environmental law covers a broad range of environmental issues. It has evolved rapidly and currently includes a number of specialized areas of legal practice, for example, climate change law and natural resources law. Environmental lawyers can also specialize in international legal issues, EU law or national environmental legislation.
Students majoring in Environmental Law are required to study Public International Law, International Environmental Law and Environmental Law in the European Union. Other courses can be chosen according to the students' personal interest. It is possible to select courses, for example, with an emphasis on international law or EU law, or with a thematic focus, on climate and energy issues and/or natural resources management.
|Thematic grouping of the courses |
(Major: Environmental and Climate Change Law)
Courses with a focus on international law:
|Courses with a focus on EU law: |
Public EU law
European Environmental Law
EU energy law and policy
Seminar on European and International Environmental Law
|Courses with a focus on climate and energy issues: |
Climate Change Law and Policy
WTO: Climate, Clean Energy and Natural Resources
International Energy Law and Policy
EU Energy Law and Policy
Courses with a focus on natural resources law:
Specialised focus areas: