ECGS Master’s programme
Recommended: ECGS-083 Introduction to environmental policy (5 cr); ECGS-084 Environment, technology and culture (5 cr)
After the course the students can conduct critical interdisciplinary analyses of problems arising in interactions between technology, society and the environment. They can propose theoretically sound, evidence based and sustainable solutions to complex environmental problems. They have the communication skills to convincingly present the solutions to the relevant stakeholders. They are mentally prepared to take on professional challenges in environmental policy analysis, planning, decision-making, implementation and assessment.
3rd period; year 4 or 5
The course is an advanced integrative introduction to social scientific approaches for understanding interactions between key dimensions of sustainability: technology, society and environment. Guiding questions include: What is technology? What boundary conditions do technology, organizations and social institutions pose for environmental decision making? How can risks be managed in complex socio-ecological systems? How to ensure environmental innovations based on risk taking and experiments while managing inherent environmental risks? What is expertise in sustainability? Analytical approaches covered in the course include socio-ecological systems theory, science and technology studies, institutional theory, organization theory, risk governance, and behavioral governance. Student are divided into groups that analyze an environmental policy issue by applying one or more of the analytical approaches covered in the course. Each group presents their analysis orally at the end of the course.
1) systematic reading from course literature on environmental and technology studies
2) oral presentation with slides or poster prepared in groups and based on course themes and literature
3) individual exam.
There is a reading assignment from course literature each week. Student evaluation is based on group work (30%), and individual exam (70%). Total student workload is 135 h, of which 20 h lectures, 10 h tutoring sessions and oral presentations, 40 h group work, 62 h reading literature and individual study, 3 h exam taking. To ensure effective group work, access to the course is limited to the first 30 registered participants.
Course reader compiled of 20-25 articles and book chapters is available on course web pages (required).
Supplementary reading (not required):
- J. Hukkinen, Institutions in Environmental Management: Constructing Mental Models and Sustainability. London: Routledge, 1999.
- Y. Haila and C. Dyke, How Nature Speaks: The Dynamics of the Human Ecological Condition. Durham: Duke University Press, 2006.
- J. Hukkinen, Sustainability Networks: Cognitive Tools for Expert Collaboration in Social-Ecological Systems. London: Routledge, 2008.
- W.E. Bijker, T.P. Hughes and T. Pinch (eds) The Social Construction of Technological Systems, Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1987.
Professor Janne I. Hukkinen
Replaces 737110 Technology, society and environment (5 cr)