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
A MODUL University professional seminar is divided into three sections, allowing for maximum flexibility.
- Pre-Module phase: a two week e-learning period where participants are required to study reading material at home
- Core-Module phase: a two day seminar on MU Vienna’s campus
- 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.