POL2024 - The Politics of Climate Change


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

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

Course content

This course examines climate change as a problem of practical politics at the international, national, and local levels. The course will focus on the major theoretical approaches to understanding why responding to such a serious problem (in terms of mitigation or adaption) is proving so difficult. Selected case studies will be utilized to examine possible solutions and the challenges that these propose.

Learning outcome

Knowledge - the student shall:

  • acquire basic knowledge about the nature and mechanisms of climate change and of the specific issues taken up in designated case studies
  • develop knowledge of major theoretical approaches used to understanding the difficulties of dealing with climate change
  • become familiar with key proposed solutions to climate change and the difficulties these may pose (nature vs. climate issues, for example)

Skills - the student shall demonstrate the ability to:

  • identify, understand, and to some degree apply, the key models and theories relating to the politics of climate change
  • identify dilemmas and trade-offs embodied in the proposed solutions

Learning methods and activities

2 hours of lectures per week throughout the semester and term paper supervision. In addition, some seminars will be held during the semester. Approved term paper. A list of themes for the paper will be provided.

Compulsory assignments

  • Term paper

Further on evaluation

Form of assessment: 3 hours written exam.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

To be decided at the start of the course.

More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Social Studies
  • Social Sciences
  • Political Science
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 E 2023-11-28 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL111+SL210 Sluppenvegen 14 71
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 E INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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