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This course provides an overview of environmental management and policy with a strong focus on sustainable development. The overall aim is to identity the links between the natural environment and the human economy. In order to cope with resource scarcities and natural problems caused by human activity, environmental management needs to fulfil an interdisciplinary approach covering topics such as ecology, environmental economics and policy, and planning and social development. Participants will investigate how environmental governance and governance for sustainable development help to foster global environmental challenges.

The main topics of the course are:

  • Principles of Environmental Management – a problem solving anthropocentric approach
  • Sustainable Development – an integrative approach
  • Defining the interface between Environmental Management and Sustainable Development – a systemic view
  • Economics of the environment
  • Valuing the environment – concepts and methods
  • Environmental Policy – principles, strategies, and instruments
  • Environmental Governance and Governance for Sustainable Development
  • Evaluation and assessment methods

Course Structure:

A MODUL University professional seminar is divided into three sections, allowing for maximum flexibility.

  1. Pre-Module phase: a two week e-learning period where participants are required to study reading material at home
  2. Core-Module phase: a two day seminar on MU Vienna’s campus
  3. Post-Module phase: a 2-4 week e-learning period where participants are required to complete a project or paper at home

Total course time is approximately one month, while the required on-campus seminar time is two days.


Dr. Sabine Sedlacek is Assistant Professor at the Department of Public Governance and Sustainable Development, MODUL University Vienna. Before joining MODUL University Vienna she was Assistant Professor at the Institute for Regional Development and Environment at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. She obtained her PhD in economic geography from the University of Vienna, with a doctoral thesis in the area of sustainable regional development. Her current research and teaching interests focus on regional and local economic development, environmental economics and sustainability. The question of governance for sustainable development on different spatial levels is one of her primary research interests.


By the end of the course participants will be able to

  • understand the principles of environmental management and sustainability
  • analyze cases of environmental management and their linkage to sustainability
  • assess sustainable development
  • apply and use the knowledge acquired in their working environment

The course is based on various interactive methods (small group discussions, revolving discussions, roundtables, case simulations). Participants are encouraged to actively participate by discussing materials prepared before the seminar starts and cases that will be presented in class.


Participation in all three phases of the professional seminar (pre-, core- and post-module) leads to a certification, with the possibility to transfer the credits earned to a degree program (e.g. MBA program). All study programs and seminars are accredited by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation (AQ) Austria.


DI Dr. Verena Peer
MBA Program Manager
MODUL University Vienna
Am Kahlenberg 1, 1190 Wien
T: +43 (1) 3203555 302


  • Proof of an undergraduate university degree with a minimum duration of three years or completion of an equivalent degree relevant to the content of the study programme
  • A minimum of three years professional experience
  • Proof of English proficiency for non-native speakers (for detailed information please visit http://www.modul.ac.at/study-programs/professional-program/master-of-business-administration/start-your-application/)

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