International Environment and Development Studies
About the study programme
The idea behind the IES master is to create an interdisciplinary master program where stu¬dents can study challenges in relation to international environmental and development issues. The core idea is to engage students in the complex and demanding processes of understanding what is needed to create sustainable development, what the obstacles to such a development are and what policy alternatives that exist.
To obtain this, students must learn relevant concepts, analytical approaches and gain in-depth knowledge about causes and effects of global environmental problems related foremost to climate change, loss of biodiversity, desertification, and water and land degradation. The program must moreover facilitate the creation of an in-depth understanding of how gover¬nance structures and power relations influence present trends and engage in analyzing how urgent problems can be solved through various strategies. In doing so, the role of international political bodies, national states and state policies, markets and civil society should be emphasized. Poverty alleviating and health issues are also core aspects of sustainable development with strong links to environmental qualities. Hence, the issue of empowering marginalized poor people, justice and rights-based approaches, conflict and conflict resolution represents core issues.
The master program needs to pay particular attention to key global environment and develop¬ment bodies, arenas and processes, policy documents, conventions and international agree¬ments and dia¬logues. Linkages between challenges at global, national and down to local levels of gover¬nance and natural resource management will be emphasized.
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