|Course Title||Environmental Policy and Governance|
|Institution||Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics and Strategic Research|
Aim of the course
This course aims at developing the understanding of the current situation and problems of the environmental sector in Kazakhstan and worldwide through teaching the necessary analytical skills in addressing and resolving these problems, and understanding the basic public policy tools. It provides a solution-oriented training in environmental management and policy. It provides an expert assessment of both current environmental conditions and emerging issues, nationally and internationally. It includes a review of the basic disciplines important for environmental management-economics, law, and policy-as well as an opportunity to link ideas offered in the course with strategic issues in the national environmental sector.
By the end of this module, students should have a critical knowledge of a number of local, national, and international environmental issues along with related social and political factors; understand basic environmental economics and environmental assessment techniques; have an understanding of the principles behind the use of policy instruments to improve environmental protection; and understand theoretical approaches and the practical importance of management of natural resources.
The learning objectives of the course is:
Methods of teaching
The course presents a combination of lectures, discussions, case studies, simulations and other problem-solving exercises, which integrate the multiple perspectives covered in the course. The students are expected to do the readings in advance and participate in class discussions. There will be 28 classes, twice a week.
The curriculum of the course is divided into four clusters: Policy process for Environmental Management; Law, Economics, and International Environmental Management; Regional Cooperation in Central Asia, and Environmental Leadership in a Time of Change.
1. Policy process for environmental management
2. Law, Economics and International Environmental Management
3. Regional Co-operation in Central Asia
4. Environmental Leadership in a Time of Change
The assessment of this course will consist of 1 written assignment of approximately 2000 words (40%), one group project (20%) and final examination (30%). Class participation is strongly encouraged and may bring the student additional points (10%) to the final grade.