|Instructor||Prof. Dr. Michael Pregernig and Team (SS14)|
|Prerequisites||Introduction to Earth and Environmental Sciences, Introduction to Governance|
|Corresponding Module||Humans and the Environment, Elective|
|Public welfare and the environment were long believed to be the responsibility of governments before anything else. Nowadays, the traditional hierarchical coordination by the nation-state is in any cases being replaced or complemented by network-like coordination mechanisms and market-oriented approaches often incorporating several societal levels. Blurring functional, structural and territorial boundaries are seen as the main reason for the shift from hierarchical steering by government to regulation by governance arrangements involving private and public actors at the same time. ‘Environmental governance’, thus, refers to the interrelations between market economy, government and civil society as crucial elements of sustainable development. In this module students learn to:
The course will be based on two different “learning environments:” (i) interactive plenary lectures and (ii) group work in seminar units, during which groups will work independently.