6 ECTS credits
150 h study time

Offer 1 with catalog number 6021217FNW for working students in the 1st semester at a (F) Master - specialised level.

1st semester
Enrollment based on exam contract
Grading method
Grading (scale from 0 to 20)
Can retake in second session
Taught in
Faculty of Social Sciences & SolvayBusinessSchool
Institute for European Studies
Educational team
Harri Kalimo (course titular)
Activities and contact hours
26 contact hours Lecture
Course Content

The EU, and indeed the global society at large, is faced with a challening task: how to create a competitive, prosperous economy that is also resource efficient, carbon neutral and otherwise environmentally sustainable. This objective of this course is to zoom into this intersection between economic and environmental policies. We do so through an interdisciplinary exploration of the key aspects of the EU's environmental policy, environmental law and environmental economics as they relate to the European economy at macro level (the Member States) and micro-level (corporations).

The course provides a thorough knowledge of the most important features of EU's environmental policy objectives, principles and instruments, as well as the main theories that underlie them. This cross-cutting, theory-based exposé of European environmental policy is framed against the most topical and societally important sectors of the Eurropean economy such as the circular economy, the marine economy and the bio-economy. The course makes extensive use of practical case studies, where sectoral perspectives are given a real-life contextualisation by invited experts from the industry, the discussed policy fields and the civil society.

Additional info

Overall, this course is designed to offer a multi-disciplinary vision on the subject area in a Socratic (“interrogative”) teaching mode that includes innovative blended learning methods. The students are expected to prepare for and to actively participate in the class discussions. The course evaluation is partly (20 %) based on the student’s participation in the classroom.

A detailed list of the course materials, which include the slides on the lectures as well as selected readings, is listed per lecture. The entirety of the course material (including readings, (narrated) presentations, videos, etc) and the related interaction (assignments) are available in electronic form on CANVAS.

Examples of exam questions are discussed in the class and practiced as a part of the online learning environment.

Learning Outcomes

General Competences

The course equips students with knowledge, skills and an enquiring attitude to understand and address the interrelationships between the economy and European environmental policy, law and economics during their subsequent professional careers.

In terms of knowledge,

  • the students acquire a good interdisciplinary understanding of the main theories, concepts and debates on environmental issues.
  • the course enables students to better understand and address matters of European environmental policy, law and economics, during their subsequent professional careers as they are intertwined with the (European) economy.
  • the students will be able to independently and critically address issues of environmental policy for both academic and practical purposes.
  • the students will be able to understand and analyze the larger econo-political context of European environmental protection in terms of its historical background, current situation and future perspectives. The students will also understand the complicated, interlinked multi-level frameworks of the environmental and economic actors, institutions, instruments and decision-making processes within the European integration process.
  • the learning outcomes alsoallow the student to contribute to making a company’s (or other stakeholder’s) micro-level activities greener.

The course also provides the students with the basic skills to deal with concrete questions relating on the interrelationship between the economy and the environment in real life policy-making and private sector contexts. The students will be able to  engage in the English language in basic tasks relating to EU environmental policy, such as drafting memoranda, policy analyses and position papers, and advising non-environmental decision makers. 

Finally. the students obtain an appreciation of the functioning of a sustainable environmental policy as an indispensable complement to the economic core of the entire integration project. The aim is the mindset of a constructive yet critical interlocuteur in a sustainble European economy. 


The final grade is composed based on the following categories:
Written Exam determines 80% of the final mark.
Other Exam determines 20% of the final mark.

Within the Written Exam category, the following assignments need to be completed:

  • Written Exam with a relative weight of 40 which comprises 40% of the final mark.

    Note: Open-ended questions
  • Written Exam _ Case Study with a relative weight of 40 which comprises 40% of the final mark.

Within the Other Exam category, the following assignments need to be completed:

  • Participation with a relative weight of 20 which comprises 20% of the final mark.

Additional info regarding evaluation

The students will be evaluated on the basis of their participation in class and in the blended-learning written online assignments offered as flipped class-room (20 %; formative evaluations), and a final written exam (summative evaluation, 80 %).

The questions of the written exam will be:

  • 4-6 short open-ended questions (closed book, 40 %). Together, the questions will cover a representative (each year varying) range of the issue areas across the course.
  • a case study essay on a practical topical issue of (open book, 40 %). The case study deals with a theme, on which a number of issue areas of the course intersect.

All parts are based on the lectures and/or the assigned reading material. The short questions test the student’s knowledge and insight in understanding, remembering and explaining key issues of the course. The case study exam tests the student’s ability to apply his/her skills in a practical, real-life simulating situation in a coherent and persuasive manner.

Allowed unsatisfactory mark
The supplementary Teaching and Examination Regulations of your faculty stipulate whether an allowed unsatisfactory mark for this programme unit is permitted.

Academic context

This offer is part of the following study plans:
Master of European Integration: Track 3: European Economy - European Environmental Governance
Master of European Integration: Track 4: Migration and Europe - European Environmental Governance
Master of European Integration: Track 6: European Environmental Governance - European External Relations and Security Policy