Water and Environmental Policy Analysis

Make yourself familiar with various key aspects of environmental policy making, including its position in the context of policy for sustainable development.

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2021
2021 Edition Online

This course will be offered in an online/remote teaching format due to Covid-19 restrictions. The course's content and learning objectives will remain unchanged, while the duration may be extended. You can contact the course coordinator for more information about the new -temporary- format of the course.

For whom?

This module is designed for students and professionals interested in learning the tools and methods used in the analysis and improvement of environmental policy, especially in the water sector.

Prerequisites

Minimum a Bachelor's degree in environmental, social or engineering sciences.

Basic proficiency in word processing and drawing software (e.g. Microsoft Office, Open Office, Libre Office or Free Office).

Dates, Fee, ECTS

Start: 19 April 2021
End: 07 May 2021
ECTS credit points: 5
Deadline IHE application: 18 March 2021 - 23.59 (CET)
Course fee: € 3000

VAT is not included in the course fee

Learning objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
  1. Structure complex policy problems.
  2. Apply, meaningfully and coherently, three types of methods for rational-analytical problem exploration: system analysis (including analysis of objectives and initial problem demarcation), Actor analysis, and Future Scenarios.
  3. Reflect on the possible roles of a policy analyst and discuss which role(s) a policy analyst can effectively fulfil in different situations to support individuals or organisations facing a complex policy problem.
  4. Set up an agenda, based on previous problem exploration, for relevant, subsequent research activities to inform policy decisions.
  5. Write an issue paper containing the results of a broad, exploratory problem analysis, including the proposal for meaningful, subsequent policy research.

Course content

Proper environmental policy is a prerequisite of sustainable development. Participants learn to apply modern concepts of policy making including public participation and network management empowering them to contribute to building a conductive environment for socio-economic development.

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