Netherlands, Amsterdam

Governing Climate Change: Theory and Practice

when 22 July 2017 - 5 August 2017
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 ECTS
fee EUR 1150

In this course students examine different approaches to coping with climate change, from international agreements to market-based solutions and private activities. Theory is mixed with practice to provide concrete examples of how the issue is being addressed at various levels and by various actors. Along the way students critically examine and assess current climate governance in terms of its emergence, effectiveness, and efficiency; learn to formulate reasoned opinions about contested concepts like fairness, legitimacy, equity, and justice; and gain hands-on knowledge of local and global solutions to climate-change issues in the Netherlands.

Governing Climate Change is embedded in the teaching and research work of the Department for Environmental Policy Analysis (EPA), part of VU Amsterdam's world-renowned Institute for Environmental Studies. In 2014 EPA was rated the best Dutch research group in environmental economics, sociology, and policy. Excursions include visits to Global Reporting Initiative, a world-leading sustainability reporting standard based in Amsterdam; Schoonschip Amsterdam, a sustainable building project; and Eneco Rotterdam, a sustainable energy company.

Course leader

Dr. Philipp Pattberg

Target group

Master or PhD students with an interest in climate action and policy.

Course aim

You will understand how global climate governance has changed over the past 40 years and where it might take us in the future.
You will be able to critically examine and assess current climate governance in terms of its emergence, effectiveness and efficiency, and be able to formulate reasoned opinions about contested concepts like fairness, legitimacy, equity and justice.
You will improve your communication and debating skills on climate change.
You will experience practical local and global solutions to climate-change issues in the Netherlands.

Credits info

3 ECTS
Contact hours: 45

Fee info

EUR 1150: The tuition fee includes an airport pick-up service, welcome goodiebag, orientation programme, on-site support, 24/7 emergency assistance, and a transcript of records after completion of the course.

An early bird discount of €150 is available for students who apply before 15 March, and students from VU Amsterdam as well as from exchange partner universities will receive a €250 discount. You apply for the discount simply by indicating that you are currently a student at VU Amsterdam or at a partner university in the online application.

All courses include excursions. We will also organize trips and excursions as part of our social programme, which is a great way to get to know your fellow students and learn more about Amsterdam and the Netherlands. The social programme is not included in the tuition fee.

Furnished accommodation is available. Various housing options will be offered.

Scholarships

The Amsterdam Summer School offers ten scholarships that cover the full tuition fee of one course. Information about how to apply for the scholarship will be posted on the website.

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