POL1003 - Environmental Politics and Resource Management


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

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

Course content

The course sheds light on key environmental problems facing the world both historically and today. The course explores different ways of explaining the occurrence of environmental problems and their solutions and investigates both theoretical and empirical explanations of international cooperation on these issues. We will cover inter alia common environmental discourses, the tragedy of the commons, resource management, international environmental regimes and conditions for collective action. The course also zooms in on selected current topics such as the international politics of climate change, food security and European and international energy politics.

Learning outcome

Knowledge - the student shall:

  • know the political processes and policy formulation at the interface between national environmental, energy and resource administration and within the international context
  • know central environmental discourses and how they influence our understanding of different environmental issues

Skills - the student shall demonstrate the ability to:

  • apply and discuss the theories and models central to environmental, energy and resource management
  • cooperate in the preparation of a poster that will be presented in the seminars

Learning methods and activities

On average 2 hours of lectures per week, and seminars on average every third week. Students that fail to attend compulsory seminars, will not be allowed to take the exam.

Compulsory assignments

  • Written work
  • Participation in relevant seminars
  • Oral presentation

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
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

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: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * 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.

For more information regarding registration for examination and examination procedures, see "Innsida - Exams"

More on examinations at NTNU