31 July 2016
Governing Climate Change: Theory and Practice
In this course students examine different approaches to coping with climate change, from international agreements to market-based solutions and private activities. Theory is mixed with practice to provide concrete examples of how the issue is being addressed at various levels and by various actors. Along the way students critically examine and assess current climate governance in terms of its emergence, effectiveness, and efficiency; learn to formulate reasoned opinions about contested concepts like fairness, legitimacy, equity, and justice; and gain hands-on knowledge of local and global solutions to climate-change issues in the Netherlands.
Governing Climate Change is embedded in the teaching and research work of the Department for Environmental Policy Analysis (EPA), part of VU Amsterdam's world-renowned Institute for Environmental Studies. In 2014 EPA was rated the best Dutch research group in environmental economics, sociology, and policy. Excursions include visits to Global Reporting Initiative, a world-leading sustainability reporting standard based in Amsterdam; Schoonschip Amsterdam, a sustainable building project; and Eneco Rotterdam, a sustainable energy company.
Dr. Philipp Pattberg
Master or PhD students with an interest in climate action and policy.
You will understand how global climate governance has changed over the past 40 years and where it might take us in the future.
You will be able to critically examine and assess current climate governance in terms of its emergence, effectiveness and efficiency, and be able to formulate reasoned opinions about contested concepts like fairness, legitimacy, equity and justice.
You will improve your communication and debating skills on climate change.
You will experience practical local and global solutions to climate-change issues in the Netherlands.
Contact hours: 45
EUR 1150: The tuition fee includes an airport pick-up service, welcome goodiebag, orientation programme, on-site support, 24/7 emergency assistance, and a transcript of records after completion of the course.
An early bird discount of €100 is available for students who apply before 1 March, and students from VU Amsterdam as well as from exchange partner universities will receive a €250 discount. You apply for the discount simply by indicating that you are currently a student at VU Amsterdam or at a partner university in the online application.
All courses include excursions. We will also organize trips and excursions as part of our social programme, which is a great way to get to know your fellow students and learn more about Amsterdam and the Netherlands. The social programme is not included in the tuition fee.
Furnished accommodation is available. Various housing options will be offered, starting at €425 for two weeks.
The Amsterdam Summer School offers ten scholarships that cover the full tuition fee of one course. The deadline to apply for a scholarship is 31 March. Information about how to apply for the scholarship will be posted on the Summer School Website.