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Specialisation in Global Environment and Sustainability

This programme deals with the global level of sustainability transformations and policies intended to make major strides towards a sustainable future. Among the pressing issues are those related to climate change, biodiversity, water quality, the quality of ecosystems and natural resource suppliers. This specialisation focuses on the relationships between global players like international institutions, multinational companies, environmental organisations and the regimes that govern over the world's natural resources. Issues that you deal with in the specialisation include sustainable development goals, globalising cities and sustainability, global ethics, public and private partnerships and round tables regulating specific products (coffee, palm oil, chocolate), include biodiversity, fair trade and sustainability labelling.

Specialisation course: Globalising Cities and Hinterlands
Globalisation has a great impact on the physical structure and social-economic fabric of cities all over the world. In a different way globalisation also impacts local structures and processes in rural regions, resulting in new or adapted  social, economic and political structures which often transcend local and regional geographical boundaries. In this course we seek to explain the impact of globalisation on geographical features, while focusing especially on the global South.

Master's Thesis
The Master's Thesis is a crucial part of your curriculum and consists of an individual research project in which you investigate a topic of your choice in the field of Environmental and Society Studies. You should start thinking about a suitable topic for your thesis very early in the programme; we will help you make a thesis proposal in the course Research Methods and preparing Master Thesis. The goals of the Master's thesis are to mobilise and integrate the theoretical and empirical knowledge and methods from the preceding courses for use in your own research project. The research project is conducted in an external setting. This means that you link your research to one of the available internships, or we can help you find an internship of your own choice. The research project and internship will be closely supervised, the first by our expert staff and the second by your internship supervisor on location.

Elective courses
As electives you can choose from all Master’s courses offered by the department of Geography, Planning and Environment. Other master’s courses might be permitted if they are relevant for Environment and Society Studies. Please consult the programme coordinator of ESS for this.