POL1003 - Environmental Politics and Resource Management


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment and written examination
Grade: Letter grades
Term:  Autumn

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 60/100 3 hours E
Assignment 40/100

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades
Term:  Spring

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 3 hours

Course content

Through lectures, readings, and a project-paper the course sheds light on i) a selection of key environmental problems; ii) explanations of the occurence of environmental problems and their solutions; iii) international environmental regimes and conditions for collective action, iv) international politics of climate change, and v) the role of science.

Learning outcome

Knowledge - the student shall:

  • have knowledge of the most common explanations for the occurrence of environmental problems, their suggested solutions and their associated problems. The students should also be familiar with the most common thought-sets and discourses for environmental problems and the political dynamics surrounding them
  • describe some of the most common environmental problems in the world of today
  • identify and describe the most common generic explanations for environmental problems
  • identify the main features of the main environmental discourses taught in the course.
  • identify the main challenges with reaching international environmental agreements
  • identify the main societal consequences of climate change
  • discuss the connection between food production, energy security and climate change

Skills - the student shall demonstrate the ability to:

  • apply the theories and models which are central to understanding environmental problems, resource administration, and the suggested solutions to environmental problems
  • prepare a paper which fulfills the criteria for scientific writing in general
  • use perspectives from Political Science to discuss the challenges of reaching international environmental agreements
  • participate in academic discussions with the ability to critically reflect on the discussed topic

Learning methods and activities

On average 2 hours of lectures per week and 2 hours of seminars per week.

Compulsory assignments

  • Term paper
  • Oral presentation of draft of project paper
  • Participation on relevant seminars/exercises

Further on evaluation

Form of assessment: 3 hours written exam. The exam may be written in English or in Norwegian.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

To be decided at the start of the course.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SVPOL112 7.5
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Industrial Ecology
  • Social Sciences
  • Political Science
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Sociology and Political Science


Examination arrangement: Assignment and written examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 40/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD School exam 60/100 E 2023-11-24 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates

Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 2024-05-21 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL111+SL210 Sluppenvegen 14 34
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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