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BSRM3203 Environment and energy related challenges in the Baltic Sea Region 5 ECTS
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MDP in Baltic Sea Region Studies
MDP in Baltic Sea Region Studies
Faculty of Humanities

Learning outcomes

This course will provide knowledge regarding environment and energy governance in the Baltic Sea region, specifically regarding the challenges to sustainable maritime activities in the Baltic Sea region and how those are addressed through regional governance.

Having completed this course, the students will:

- enlist basic facts about the Baltic Sea region (characteristics pertaining to economics, politics, environment, communities)
- describe the main types of maritime activities in the BSR and their role for the region (shipping, fisheries, aquaculture, coastal activity, nature protection, tourism and travel)
- understand the basic notions used in interactive governance theory (system-to-be-governed, governance system, governing actors, governance levels, modes and forms, governability)
- explain the challenges in governing environment and energy
- give examples of different modes of regional governance in the BSR
- summarize the main features of regional governance (beyond the BSR)
- communicate ideas in a written form for specialized but non-academic audience (policy brief).

General description

This course opens perspectives to the pressuring challenges related to energy and environment and unfolds their historical constitution in the Baltic Sea region. It describes the ecological state of the Baltic and makes sense of the ways in which processes like eutrophication and land-use changes are in the nexuses of political, economic, environmental and social factors, making the solving of these pressuring challenges multi-disciplinary in character. It also familiarizes the students with the legal and political framework of the Baltic, which is multi-level and multi-scalar as municipalities, nation states, the European Union, HELCOM and international organisations are being intertwined in tackling the manifold environmentally detrimental processes in this fragile sea area.


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Teacher responsible

PhD Daria Gritsenko


7-Nov-2016 – 5-Dec-2016
Lectures 16 h
Autumn 2016
Mon 7-Nov-2016 - 5-Dec-2016 weekly at 10.00-14.00, Janus lecture hall
28-Nov-2016 at 10.00 –14.00 , E119 Juva seminar room
Group work 4 h


Numeric 0-5.

Evaluation criteria

The course combines formative and summative forms of assessment.

1. Course attendance: 75% of lectures and mandatory attendance of the role game. A missed lecture shall be compensated with writing a 1-page summary of the home reading for that lecture. A course instructor provides a brief feedback via Moodle.

2. Active participation in the game and reflexive diary: students are expected to take active role in the game, follow the rules, and interact with other students. After the game, a reflexive diary (2-3 pages) is written by each students to assess (1) what did they learn from the game; (2) how the game experience felt as a learning method; (3) what can be improved. The diaries are evaluated fail/pass.

3. Final assignment: after the course, the students are required to write a policy brief on topic of their choice agreed upon with the teaching instructor. The students work out the criteria of a good policy brief together with the teaching instructor after the last contact session. The policy brief is 5-7 pp. in length and seeks to provide argumentation on a specific topic (problem description, policy implications, recommendations). The work is assessed on 1-5 scale. This form of final assignment suits well to an interdisciplinary group.