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Energy and Environmental Politics BST210

This course takes the history of environmental politics and core environmental concepts, theories and environmental discourses nationally and internationally as the point of departure. The main focus is on energy and climate politics and policy, and its related political controversies. The course emphasises Norwegian energy and environmental policy, the actors and ideological cleavages. In addition, the course covers core international environmental treaties.

Course description for study year 2021-2022. Please note that changes may occur.

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Language of instruction

English, Norwegian

Learning outcome

After the course, you should have knowledge, skills and competencies in the following areas:


After the course, students should be able to outline core national and international discourses on energy and the environment, and various environmental positions related to these issues.  

Further, the students should have advanced knowledge of the challenges associated with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the climate negotiations and the Paris Agreement, the use of fossil fuels, Carbon, Capture and Storage (CCS), and more. 


The students are expected to be able to apply different theoretical approaches in the analysis of Norwegian and international environmental policy, and to be able to critically evaluate different energy- and environmental policy measures, be able to discuss the ethical and normative foundation of energy and environmental politics.


After the course, students are expected to be able to use the knowledge and skills in the analysis of energy- and environmental problems.


The course contains a general introduction to theoretical perspectives and controversies in energy and environmental politics. It has a special focus on the tensions between the production and consumption of fossil fuels and climate change. In short: What are the implications of the Paris agreement for Norway's petroleum policies and the future use of fossil fuels? This issue is discussed in relation to the organization of environmental institutions and principles of environmental policy, actors and cleavages in energy- and environmental politics, measures in environmental policy, international environmental treaties, the ethical foundation of environmental policy and green political theory.

The course will be given in English if there are English speaking students.

Required prerequisite knowledge
Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Home assignment 1/1 3 Days Letter grades All

Coursework requirements
Obligatorisk gruppearbeid med framføring
Compulsory group assignment and presentation.
Course teacher(s)
Course teacher: Leif Christian Jensen
Course teacher: Siddharth Sareen
Course teacher: Kristian Skagen Ekeli
Course teacher: Bettina Bluemling
Course coordinator: Oluf Langhelle
Method of work
Lectures and student asignments.
Open for
Sociology - Bachelor's Degree Programme Political Science - Bachelor's Degree Programme Admission to Single Courses at the Faculty of Social Sciences Exchange programmes at UIS Business School Exchange programme at Faculty of Social Sciences
Course assessment
Student evaluation of the course will be conducted in accordance with faculty requirements.
The syllabus can be found in Leganto