Topics

This is an overview of the topics usually dealt with during the fall semester. In the log-in area schedule and required reading are available under schedule/readings and additional readings are available under resources (only available for students enrolled in the course).
 

Introduction

  • Introduction to the European Union
  • Introduction to European environmental policy – history and policies; institutions and processes (decision-making)

 

Policies

  • Bioenergy – Solution for the energy crisis
  • Climate Change - International Climate Negotiations
  • Adaption to Climate Change
  • The European water policy
  • The European waste policy
  • Ecological industrial policy
  • Renewable energies
  • Ressource Efficiency

 

Instruments, approaches & Governance

  • Environmental policy integration
  • Participation , access to information and access to justice
  • Behaviowal approaches to environmental policy
  • NGO´s lobbying
  • Common goods

 

The EU in the World

  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • Recycling Environmentalism: The EU as part of a global community for sustainable development?
  • The EU and international environmental governance
  • UN Climate Change Conferences: Bali, Poznan, Copenhagen, Cancún
  • Transatlantic relations and climate change / EU & US relations on environmental issues