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Introduction to Environmental Management (IEM)
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 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. Understand the role of management (as distinct from science and policy) in addressing environmental problems.
  2. Understand the basic principles of environmental management systems in their relation to broader management concepts. 
  3. Understand different perspectives on strategy formation and their importance for developing and evaluating environmental and sustainability strategies.

Take-home exam (80%) Participation in class and  blogging (20%)


Acceptance to Masters' programs in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy

Course Level
Course Open to
Students on-site
Academic Year
US Credits
ECTS Credits