Switzerland, Geneva

Global Environment, Energy and Risk

when 20 June 2016 - 1 July 2016
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 6 ECTS
fee CHF 1900

> This course is an intense program on environmental governance, sustainability and energy dynamics across the globe.
> During this program participants will study new sets of risks associated with these global dynamics of change and energy development by engaging with representatives from key international institutions.
> The program is taught by faculty from UNIGE and UCLA.
> Lectures will be held at Geneva-based governmental and non-governmental international organizations ( eg. UN, World Economic Forum, IRCA, WTO, WHO and UNEP etc.).
> This program delves deep into current international deliberations and their impacts on societies and cities.
> Students will discover the role, significance and contribution of Geneva to global circuits of change.
> 6 ECTS credits (45-60 hours of lecture).

Course leader

Dr. Alexandre Hedjazi
Institute for Environmental Sciences
University of Geneva

Professor Martin Patel
Institute for Environmental Sciences
University of Geneva

Target group

Professionals, upper year undergraduates and graduate students.

Course aim

Learning outcomes

Understanding the interconnectedness of global and local challenges related to environment, energy and risk
Overview of key research findings and governance experience
Insight into selected research methods and analytical tools
Knowledge about how international organisations and local players engage themselves and what drivers and barriers are
Experience in interacting with experts and peers from various backgrounds
Training of skills in discussion of complex issues, presentation and written reporting

Evaluation and grading

Class participation (25%)
Paper (50%)
Group presentation (25%)

Please note: Changes to the draft program may be made at any time prior to the start of the course.

Credits info

Each summer school will indicate its equivalence in ECTS credits in its description. Participants will be provided with a Certificate of Completion of the course if they satisfy attendance and evaluation requirements. It is the participant’s responsibility to verify the validity of the course and validate it at their home university prior to participating in the course.

Fee info

CHF 1900: 1'700 CHF (Early Bird until March 1st, 2016)

1'900 CHF (final deadline, May 1st, 2016)

Tuition fees do not include accommodation or travel.


A limited number of competitive excellence scholarships are available.