Course code EDS303

EDS303 Introduction to International Environmental Studies

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Course responsible: Erik Nicolas Gomez Baggethun
Teachers: Ola Tveitereid Westengen, Pål Olav Vedeld
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Landscape and Society
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course takes place in the August block.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: 2014H
Preferential right:
Course contents:

The course provides an introduction to the master in international environmental studies (M-IES), main issues and perspectives. The field is inter-disciplinary and the course explains the importance of integrating knowledge across the natural and social sciences. In relation to that, basic introductions are offered to disciplinary perspectives being central to the master. At the same time, the course emhasizes that societal relevance of the master. It moreover introduces students to Noragric´s contribution to the study of international environmental issues, and how we work interdisciplinary. The course will this way demonstrate the different research focus and perspectives of the M-IES teaching staff. Moreover, through its emphasis on the linkage of theory to empirical examples, the course is designed to display the intellectual and policy-related value of research at our department. The introductory course is designed to support studies that addresses the inter-linkages between local, national and global levels. Emphasis is made on the study of the relationships and processes that link the global north and global south.

The course is organized in 3 different sections: Part 1 (week 1) provides students with an introduction to both Noragric´s M-IES program, key scientific perspectives and practical applications, as well as the rights and obligations of being a student at NMBU. Some of the more practical oriented classes may be co-organized with the International Development Studies and International Relations programs. Part 2 (week 2): Students are introduced to the research fields covered by the department. Individual staff members will provide lectures followed by informal discussions with students on the theme of their ongoing research. Through lectures and practical class assignments students are introduced to the significance and content of obligatory courses and core electives. Part 3 (week 3): Lectures, excursion (obligatory) and group work on key topics in internafional environment studies.

Learning outcome:
The course is designed to give students a basic introduction to different ways that environmental change can be understood. It will furthermore support students in recognizing the difference between these approaches - including the implications of choosing a particular empirical and theoretical perspective for understanding the challenges of environmental change. By covering the main theoretical directions in the field of environmental studies, the course ensures that students are able to understand and explain the complexity of nature-society relationships. By the end of the course, students should be familiar with the basic concepts used in the field of international environmental studies. Students should also be able to start to apply different methods and theoretical approaches to practical cases of environmental change.
Learning activities:
Lectures, group work, seminars, student presentations, excursion.
Teaching support:
Advice and direction provided by the main teachers.
Journal papers and book chapters. A list of course readings will be available on the learning platform Canvas in advance of the course start.
Bachelor degree in natural or social sciences
Recommended prerequisites:
The course is designed for the Masters in International Environmental Studies. It is not recommended for students from other degree programmes
Mandatory activity:
100% attendence in lectured, class discussion and presentations, and in excursion.
Group report with oral presentation, evaluated pass/not pass.  
Nominal workload:
150 hours total work load. Lectures: 30hrs; seminars, discussion, student presentations: 20hrs; Excursion: 2days (18 hours). Self-study, preperation for lectures and presentations: 78hrs. Exam: 4hrs. 
Entrance requirements:
Bachelor degree in natural or social sciences. Reserved for first year M-IES students
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Type of course:
Lectures: 30hrs. Seminars, discussion, student presentations: 20 hrs
External examiner will ensure the quality of the arrangements for the written report and the oral presentation.
Examination details: Group report with oral presentation: Passed / Failed