MSc in Sustainable Development, Management and Policy

Principles of Environmental Sciences and Systems

Course Description
The courses focuses on basic concepts and methods of environmental sciences and systems and on applying an systemic perspective on environmental dynamics in relation to sustainable development. It consists of an iterative series of three thematic inputs linked with group presentations and  discussions of texts. There is also a final two-days block for the final presentations of small case studies.


Learning Objectives

  • The history of environmental sciences
  • System thinking, human-environment interactions, uncertainty and science
  • New approaches in environmental sciences: complex adaptive systems
  • Change and adaptation in systems: the paradox of sustainable development
  • Policy making and uncertainty
  • Transition management and transitory policies


Dr. Christian Kerschner

Semester Offered