Course "Environmental Management - different practices
and approaches" is aimed at an overview of existing management
structures and practices and a comparison of different approaches to
environmental management in countries in transition and developed
western countries (East-West dimension and interrelations).
This course will deal with environmental
management issues mainly from political perspective and, hence, it will
examine policy instruments and concepts used in management systems and
approaches as well as new trends in environmental management and the
influence of EU-enlargement on countries in transition.
This course will be based on previous course on
Basics in environmental management already developed at the frames the
Department. Thus this new course will use some basic knowledge on
environmental management and will have advanced level (4-5 year
students). The main attribute of this course comparing to basic one will
be it analytical character which will lead to the development of
critical thinking and own attitudes among the audience.
As far as the course will have a special character, it
will have a duration of 24 hours during one semester (according to
University’s rules). First half of classes will be devoted to
theoretical background to give some background for further discussion.
Second part of the course will have more interactive character to get
feedback and provide analytical discussions among the students. In
addition to the lectures, case studies will be also proposed to students
for comparison of different examples and methods.
During the course students will be asked to submit
several papers and make presentations on agreed topics. It will
stimulate knowledge exchange and the development of analytical abilities
among students, also it will support their presentation skills needed
for professional career.
Course content: (12 lectures, each for 2 hours)
- Introduction. Definitions and attitudes. Role of Environmental
sciences in the management process.
This lecture will be
devoted to explain different definitions and attitudes towards the
term of environmental management. Also the place of Environmental
Management in the field of Environmental sciences will be clarified;
and its interrelations with other branches of science will be
examined. The role of different branches of environmental sciences
will be studied to explain the multi-layered and very comprehensive
character of Environmental management.
- Environmental Management and politics, policies and market.
Policy- and decision-making and environmental management.
The lecture will deal with policy
dimensions, political aims and market characteristics in the
Environmental management process as far as all these points are
interconnected. The process of decision-making and policy
formulating will be studied to explain its crucial character for
Environmental management. Environmental economics as a supportive
- ISO 14000 and other standards as a tool for Environmental
ISO 14000, BS 7750 and EMAS will be presented as
possible tolls for Environmental management. The differences and
similarities of these standards are worth to mention. Implementation
of ISO 14000 in Russian Federation – problems and perspectives.
- Environmental management systems, auditing, labeling and Life
Cycle Assessment as parts of Environmental management process.
All these questions will be studied in the frames of ISO
1400 standards basing on different approaches towards the issues.
Progress in their implementation world-wide and problems.
- Green marketing and its connection with Environmental management
systems and process.
Environmental marketing or green
marketing and its interrelations with Environmental management will
be examined for better understanding of market drivers in
Environmental management process. Different practices in green
marketing and their implications for Environmental management will
be studied as well.
- East-West differences and similarities in Environmental
East-West system in the World. Different
actors and drivers in this connection. New trends and directions in
the Western countries and their projection on the East. Conflicts
and cooperation between East and West.
- Case studies as examples of the Environmental management theory
Different case studies will be presented to
give an understanding of the term and its importance for the theory.
These case studies will chosen from different fields and countries
and will have different level of success.
- Case studies presented by students – discussion and
Students will be asked to prepare a short
presentation based on their own experience or literature review
about best and worst practices in environmental management. After
these presentations a discussion will be organized to exchange their
opinions and points of view and get new ideas on how environmental
management works and what does it mean.
Also students will be
asked to prepare an essay on chosen topic related with the lectures
content for last lecture. Submission – on the 11th
- EU enlargement as a challenge for Environmental management.
What does EU enlargement mean for EU-accession countries and
for countries in transition? Why they will have to change their
performance in the field of Environmental management? These
questions will be studied to present strong and weak points of EU
enlargement for different actors and countries and their
implications for Environmental management.
- Future trends in environmental management. Globalization and
Environmental management. Management and democratization.
Future directions of Environmental management will be
presented taking into account different authors and points of view.
The process of globalization will be studied as a challenge for
Environmental management. Management of the global commons – how it
is developing? The question of how democratization fits in
Environmental management process will be examined for better
understanding of positive and negative influences in the light of
growing democratization of the society.
- Best Environmental management practices in Russian
circumstances. Is it realistic or not?
This lecture will be
devoted to discussion on this topic. This discussion will be
facilitated by the lecturer using some examples of such practices,
both best and worst.
- Evaluation of students’ essays and discussion. Conclusions.
Students essays will be discussed and marked. Each student
will have a possibility to present his-her essay and answer some
questions. After all some conclusions will be given to underline
main points of the course and present some thoughts to be
deliberated before the examination.
After the last lecture, students will pass an
examination, which will contribute to 50% of grade, the rest will give
their presentations and essays.
- Wilson, G.A. "Environmental management. New directions for
the twenty-first century., London, UCL Press, 1997
- "Environmental Science for Environmental Management", ed. by T.
O’Riordan. Second edition. Pearson Education, 2000
- "Environmental Management: readings and case studies", ed. by L.
Owen and T. Unwin. Blackwell Publishers, UK, 1997
- Hines F. Readings for course "Environmental Management". 1998-1999
academic year, CEU, Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy.
- ISO 14000 and Beyond. Environmental Management Systems in the Real
World, ed. by Sheldon C. Greenleaf Publishing, Sheffield, 1997.
- "Environmental Management in East and West: Environmental,
Political and Business Perspectives". Materials of the course given by
Umea University, Sweden, August 2000.
- Sorokin N.D. "Questions of Environmental Auditing ".
St.Petersburg, "Ecopolis and culture", 2000. In Russian.