ENP-34306 Environmental Policy: Analysis and Evaluation


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Project learning14
Course coordinator(s)dr. A Gupta
Lecturer(s)dr. A Gupta
Examiner(s)dr. A Gupta

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

Basics of environmental sciences policy at BSc level.

Continuation courses:

International Environmental Policy; Advanced Environmental Economics and Policy; Social Theory on the Environment; Thesis Environmental Policy


This course focuses on the analysis, evaluation and design of environmental policy at different levels of aggregation (local, national and international). It provides the students with up to date information on policy theories and models; on developments in environmental governance and the role of state, market and civil society actors there in; and on the tools and methods to analyse and evaluate environmental instruments and policy programmes. It builds upon basic knowledge in policy sciences and research methods and extends this to environmental governance at different levels. Carrying out policy evaluation via a group case study is an important part of the course.

Learning outcomes:

By the end of this course, students are able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
- current theories and models of (environmental) policy formulation, implementation and evaluation;
- key actors and multiple levels involved in environmental policy making as well as the interactions between them;
- methods and techniques for analyzing and evaluating environmental policy.


The course consist of the following activities:
1. Plenary lectures on recent policy theories, with a strong focus on the environment: key developments in environmental governance, new state-market relations, environmental subpolitics, relations between national and international levels of environmental policy-making;
2. One major policy evaluation study, carried out in small groups of 3-5 students. The study will entail an evaluation of a specific environmental policy. Students will have the opportunity to present/discuss their group work in class.


Written exam and a group assignment.


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A course outline can be obtained upon request from the course coordinator.

Restricted Optional for: MILInternational Land and Water ManagementMScC: Integrated Water Management2MO
MESEnvironmental SciencesMSc2MO
MCLClimate StudiesMSc2MO
MAMAquaculture and Marine Resource ManagementMScC: Marine Governance2MO
Compulsory for: WUEPMBSc Minor Environmental Policy and Management2MO