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Course Overview

This course will provide students with knowledge of theories of governance in the context of sustainable development. It will focus on the political economy of sustainable development and the political and economic tensions between different institutions, levels of administration and sectors of economy. Students will learn about theories of governance pertaining to the natural environment and sustainable development. They will explore the different institutional scales (e.g. local, national, global) of environmental governance and the processes of decision making for environmental governance. The course will also investigate the tensions between social, economic and environmental objectives for sustainable development.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Piotr Niewiadomski

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Geography (GG) (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

By the end of the course students should be familiar with/have knowledge and understanding of:

  • Theories of governance and political economy
  • Principles and history of sustainable development
  • Concepts of 'green growth/green economy' and 'sustainability'
  • Relevant institutional frameworks for development
  • Case studies of spatial and sectoral institutional frameworks of environmental governance.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Lecture during University weeks 25 - 35

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Summative Assessments

Coursework (33.3%); written examination (66.7%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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