LNAK10043U Environmental Management in Europe
MSc Programme in Agriculture
MSc Programme in Environmental Science
Environmental Management in Europe is an interdisciplinary
distance learning course offered by the University of Copenhagen
with contribution from the Swedish University of Agricultural
Sciences, the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in
Vienna, the University of Hohenheim and the European Environment
Agency. It is open for MSc students from Denmark, other countries
in the EU and the rest of the world.
The focus of the course is environmental management of natural resources (soil, water, air, biodiversity and climate) from a European perspective. The European Union (EU) sets the policy frame for almost all environmental regulation in the member states. This frame determines both the possibilities and the limitations for carrying out environmental management and developing environmental solutions in the EU.
In the first part of the course the concept of environmental management and the online learning platform used in the course is introduced. A short overview of European natural resources and the current state of the environment within the EU is given. Environmental ethics and sustainability concepts are discussed. There will be an introduction to environmental monitoring and assessment, EU environmental law and EU environmental policy. Economic tools for environmental valuation and cost benefit analysis will be discussed.
The second part of the course features a number of case studies based on actual EU environmental policy initiatives (e.g. the Habitat Directive, the Water Framework Directive, the Air Quality Framework Directive, the Climate Action and Renewable Energy Package and the Soil Framework Directive. It is investigated how these initiatives originated and how they are implemented from the EU level to the national, regional and local levels. The scientific and political background for the different initiatives are analysed and discussed. It is investigated how environmental assessment and economic tools are used to support decision-making and evaluate environmental policies. It is analysed how EU directives are interpreted and implemented in the different member states. The environmental, economic and social consequences of EU environmental policies and the need for EU environmental policy integration are discussed. In this discussion the Water Framework Directive is central, since it links to a number of other EU directives.
For more information see the course homepage at www.environmental-management.dk
Note 1: In week 34 all students will meet at the University of Copenhagen for one day to get to know each other, meet the teachers, and learn about the online learning system used in the course.
Note 2: Students may follow the course in the first or second year of their Master programme, e.g. as a part of the Basic Semester Package in the EnvEuro MSc programme in Environmental Science (see www.enveuro.eu).
The aim of the course is to provide a solid understanding of how
environmental management in Europe is applied at different scales,
from the EU level to the national, regional and local levels. Focus
is on environmental management of natural resources to achieve long
term sustainability for soil, water, air, biodiversity and climate.
The course covers a wide range of the UN Sustainable Development
Goals with a focus on SDG3 (good health and well being), SDG6
(clean water and sanitation), SDG12 (responsible consumption
and production), SDG13 (climate action) and SDG15 (life on
land). After completing the course the student should be able
- Summarise the background, the fundamental principles and the managerial approaches embedded in EU environmental law
- Identify how different tools and resources for environmental management can be used to acquire knowledge about the state of the environment and solve environmental problems
- Describe how insight and skills in natural sciences are used together with economics, law and planning in contributing to contemporary environmental management
- Reflect about own environmental ethics, and how environmental ethics and sustainability concepts of different stakeholders affect actual environmental policy in the EU.
- Apply environmental management tools and resources to analyse environmental policy initiatives
- Compare the implementation of environmental policies in different EU member states
- Cooperate and work independently with environmental management in the context of environmental policy
- Discuss how environmental management in Europe is applied at different scales, from the EU level to the national, regional and local levels
The learning resources consist of uploaded presentations with video and/or audio as well as selected scientific articles, reports and book chapters, which will be made available online.
- Theory exercises
- Project work
Individual feedback from the course teachers is provided as comments together with the assessment of individual assignments.
Collective feedback from the course teachers is provided as comments together with the assessment of team assignments.
Continuous feedback from the course teachers and peer feedback between students is given in the interactive online discussions that are running throughout the course.
- 15 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- PortfolioDescription of examination: Description of examination: Students will be assessed on the basis of a portfolio of deliverables from online exercises, two team assignments and four individual assignments. The first team assignment must be submitted as a report comprising of approximately 3.000 to 5.000 words and the second team assignment must be submitted as a poster. The individual assignments should comprise of a maximum of 2 pages each. Details of the portfolio assessment will be given at the course start. The final grade will be given based on the level of participation and the quality of the contribution to online exercises, individual contribution to team assignments and performance in individual assignments.
- Exam registration requirements
All required deliverables must be submitted before the examination.
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- External censorship
Written assignment - all elements in the ordinary exam.
All written assignments must be submitted 2 weeks before the re-examination. Team assignments must be submitted as individual assignments. The requirement of submitting deliverables from online exercises cannot be waived, and students who do not fulfill this requirement must take the course again the following year
Criteria for exam assesment
Please see the description of learning outcome