Major Studies

The MDP in Environmental Policy and Law has two alternative majors:

  • Natural Resources Governance or
  • Environmental and Climate Change Law

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:
Extractive industry
5119162 Mining, environment and society I 5 cp
5119163 Mining, environment and society II 5 cp
Food
5119164 Food and Society I 5 cp
5119165 Food and Society II 5 cp, literature
Forests

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;
5119176 Contemporary issues in environmental policy 5 op
3513150 Co-management of natural resources 5op
5119169 
Voluntary Schemes for Sustainability in the Extraction of Natural Resources 5 op

 

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:
Public International Law
International Environmental Law I
Climate Change Law and Policy
International Energy Law and Policy
WTO: Climate, Clean Energy and Natural Resources
International Water Law
International Environmental Law II
Seminar on International Dispute Settlement
Seminar on European and International Environmental Law
International Law and Forests
Global Environmental Politics

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:
International Energy Law and Policy
WTO: Climate, Clean Energy and Natural Resources
International Water Law
International Environmental Law II
International Law and Forests

Specialised focus areas:
Intellectual Property Rights in Food
EU Food Law
Food Law and Policy
Animal Law and Policy

Change of major

The choice of major is binding. In order to change the major a student must apply for a change of study right with a free-form application. The change of major may require supplementary studies. Please read further instructions on the change of major.