Translation of the Swedish course syllabus 
Political Decision Making and Environmental Management I, 7.5 credits
(Politiskt beslutsfattande och miljöförvaltning I, 7,5 högskolepoäng)
Course code: 1160MJ
Subject area: Environmental Science
Main field of study: Environmental Science
Academic school: School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies
Disciplinary domain: Natural Sciences 50% Social Sciences 50%
Grading scale: AF
Education cycle: Second-cycle (Master)
Progressive specialisation: A1N (Second cycle. Entry requirements: completed first-cycle course/s)
Language of instruction: English
Valid from: HT 2018 (autumn semester)

1. Validation

This course syllabus was validated by the Faculty Board for Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies at Södertörn University on 2018-04-23 according to the stipulations in the Higher Education Ordinance.

2. Entry requirements

The equivalent of English B and a Bachelor's degree including a minimum of 90 credits in Environmental Science, Bioscience, Political Science, Sociology, International Health, Media and Communication Studies, or the equivalent

3. Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student is able to:
  • describe the general features of political decision-making according to different theoretical traditions
  • apply theoretical decision-making models to real situations of environmental
  • assess to what extent and how interaction between stakeholders at different
    levels affects governance patterns
  • analyse the construction of environmental problems in political decision-making
  • analyse the behaviour of different actors in rational decision-making settings.

  • 4. Course content, modules and examinations

    This course offers advanced knowledge of political decision-making, with particular emphasis on environmental management at different analytical and political levels. To develop the student's skills in analysing complexities related to globalisation, regionalisation and administrative devolution/decentralisation, the course reviews the major analytical approaches in policy analysis. Contemporary debates between rational choice and its critics regarding political decision-making issues involving a plurality of actors, institutions and network linkages are also highlighted.

    • Political Decision Making and Environmental Management I, 7,5 credits
      (Politiskt beslutsfattande och miljöförvaltning I, 7.5 högskolepoäng)

    • 1001, Political Decision Making and Environmental Management I, 7,5 credits
      (Politiskt beslutsfattande och miljöförvaltning I, 7.5 högskolepoäng)
      Grades permitted: A/B/C/D/E/F

    5. Course design

    Lectures and seminars.

    6. Examination format

    The course is assessed by the oral presentation of material related to seminars and by an individual written report covering the course literature. Absence from seminars must be compensated for by alternative assignments. Absence from more than 50% of the seminars requires that the student take the course again. Compsatory assignments must be handed in within one year of course completion.
     The grading criteria are distributed prior to the start of a course or module.

    If a student has a certificate for compensatory support from Södertörn University, the examiner may decide on an adapted examination or alternative examination form in accordance with Södertörn University's regulations.

    7. Reading list

    If there are changes in the reading list between semesters, a new list for the next semester is to be validated no later than July 15 and December 15 respectively.
    Valid from Valid to Decision date Decision board
    HT 2018VT 20192018-05-17Programrådet för Master´s Programme in Environmental Science
    HT 20192019-06-03Programrådet för master i miljövetenskap

    8. Restrictions on accreditation

    The course may not be accredited as part of a degree if the contents are partly or wholly the same as a course previously taken in Sweden or elsewhere.

    9. Other stipulations
    Following the Vice-Chancellors decision on internationalization and grade scale at Södertörn University College (dnr: 1148-1.1.2-2018), this syllabus replaces the syllabus with course code 1100MJ, with the difference that the grade system has been updated. The syllabus is determined through special order (dnr: 1776-2.1.1-2018).