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BSRM8002 M8 Environment and energy related challenges in the BSR - multidisciplinary 6 op
Organised by
MDP in Baltic Sea Region Studies
Person in charge
Niko HumalistoM.Sc. Doctoral Candidate

General description

: In the Baltic Sea Region, the success of the measures to protect the environment and biodiversity is strongly connected with issues related to the politics of security and economy. Unfortunately, the current protective measures have proved to be insufficient, and some of the states in the region lack incentives to implement the protective steps recommended in various transnational and regional action programs. Environment, for instance, is one of the four focus areas of the Strategy of the Baltic Sea region of the European Union. The directive on renewable energy sources requires efforts in curbing GHG emissions in the EU Member States and increasing the share of domestically produced renewable fuels in order to enhance the security of energy supply. To be able to improve the protection of this globally unique brackish water sea, several institutions and networks such as Helcom and Basrec have been established. However, their capacities, for instance to develop the environmental security of marine transport or to protect the fragile ecosystems of the Baltic Sea, have been reduced by the public and private desires to continue business as usual without improving the environmental performance of agriculture, fishing or producing energy. Consequently, new approaches are acutely needed.

Learning outcomes

The module will open perspectives to the pressuring challenges related to energy and environment, and further unfolds their historical constitution in the Baltic Sea region. Indeed, the Baltic Sea itself has been argued to be among the most polluted seas in the world. What is more, the global climate change is projected to increase temperatures and to alter the patterns of rainfall drastically in the northern regions, thus affecting not only the natural ecosystems but also human activities such as agriculture and forestry. Processes like eutrophication and land use changes are in the nexuses of political, economic, environmental and social factors, which make the solving of these pressuring challenges naturally multidisclipinary. Therefore, this module provides knowledge about the particular processes that influence energy and environmental development in the Baltic Sea region, and further, a theoretic framework to understand how these processes are conjoined.


The students will learn about the current ecological state of the Baltic Sea. Moreover, the historical developments related to the environmental protection of the Baltic Sea will be scrutinized and perspectives to future challenges opened. Energy related questions are in close relation with environmental ones. The Baltic Sea states are globally important developers of renewable energy technologies (particularly related to wind and biomass); however, the dependency of energy imports from Russia and the reliance on fossil fuels in some of the Baltic states makes the region especially interesting. Both energy and environment related questions are high on the European Union’s political agenda, and therefore the students will familiarize themselves with the EU scale framework of governance and to how these policies transfer to the EU Member States in the Baltic Sea region. Importantly, a key element of this module is to enhance the holistic understanding about energy and environment related questions. This will be achieved firstly through lecturers providing knowledge from the different fields of operations; and secondly via opening methodological discussions concerning the inter-relatedness of economy, ecology and culture.

Modes of study

Will be specified during the course

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 0-5.
Exam, other options will be specified during the course

Study materials

Will be given during the course

Belongs to following study modules

Turun kauppakorkeakoulu
Humanistinen tiedekunta
Specialization Studies (MDP in Baltic Sea Region Studies)
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Humanistinen tiedekunta
Baltic Sea Region Studies
MDP in Baltic Sea Region Studies