Kies de Nederlandse taal
Course module: 194106100
Environmental Policy
Course infoSchedule
Course module194106100
Credits (ECTS)5
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact personprof.dr. J.T.A. Bressers
Contactperson for the course
prof.dr. J.T.A. Bressers
prof.dr. J.T.A. Bressers
Academic year2022
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
The aim of the course is to train students to think about options and restrictions for sustainability policies. Many sustainability problems, policies and instruments reach across traditional sectoral boundaries in policymaking. To this end, students learn about interactions between SDGs and the challenges that governments face in addressing interdependent issues in common.
Environmental policy issues typically span across different policy sectors. For example, flood risk management and spatial planning are fundamentally linked in the idea of providing water space. Similarly, water and energy are linked as water-related management can account to 8-12% of the total national primary energy consumption; and the equivalent of 7-15% of the total freshwater consumption can be used to produce the energy utilized in a given country. Environmental issues are often interdependent across policy sectors, such that causes or effects of issues interact with issues of other policy sectors. Due to these interdependencies, scholars advocate for cross-sectoral policy integration. A growing body of literature therefore deals with policy integration, which should increase synergies, learning opportunities, and coordination across policy sectors. Policy integration should also avoid policies with contradicting goals, and, more generally, negative spillover effects from one sector to another, thus resulting in synergetic, effective and legitimate policy solutions.

In this course, students will meet this integration perspective regarding sustainability problems, policy instruments, policy implementation, the importance of the governance context and the effects of SDGs on one another. The course is for all students that want to enlarge their insight into the possibilities to stimulate a sustainable society with high environmental quality. This course is not just for PA students but is also often chosen as an elective course for other master programmes from the UT and for ATLAS students.
Assumed previous knowledge
General master level
Participating study
Master Public Administration
Required materials
Course material
Will be made available at Canvas site.
Recommended materials
Instructional modes
Presence dutyYes

Self study
Presence dutyYes

Oral Exam

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