Introduction to Environmental Management (IEM)

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Course Description: 

The aim of this course is to prepare the students to systematically think about and work towards formulating and achieving concrete environmental objectives in the world of scarce resources and competing agendas. The topics within the course include:

  • Introduction to the idea of management. Management mindsets: approaches to framing and resolving problems at the interface of the environment and human activities. Difference between management, policy and science.
  • The principles of Environmental Assessment (EA) including Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of individual projects and Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of plans and programs. Stages and elements of EIA and SEA. Integrating environmental assessment with other assessments and sustainability assessment.
  • The principles and main elements of Environmental Management Systems (EMS) including the ISO 14000 series standards
  • Management strategies. What is a strategy and how it may be conceived and implemented? 
Learning Outcomes: 

A successful student completing this model should be able to:

1. Know the purpose and key elements of environmental impact assessment (EIA) . 

2. Understand the basic principles of environmental management systems in their relation to environmental and sustainability strategies and to broader management concepts. 

3. Appreciate the challenges involved in managing people in various organizations and contexts. 


Exam (80%) Participation in class and group exercise, including students’ blogging (20%)