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Socio-Ecological Economics and Policy


The Mas­ter So­cio-E­co­lo­gical Eco­nom­ics and Policy (SEEP) is an in­nov­at­ive, in­ter­na­tion­ally unique pro­gram that equips par­ti­cipants with the ne­ces­sary the­or­et­ical back­ground and fac­tual in­form­a­tion about the in­ter­con­nec­ted dy­nam­ics of eco­nomic and so­cial sys­tems and the phys­ical en­vir­on­ment. The pro­gram also en­ables par­ti­cipants to use ap­pro­pri­ate ana­lyt­ical tools to en­gage in de­cision pro­cesses and longer­-term policy on mul­tiple spa­tial levels.

Rapid en­vir­on­mental change, pop­u­la­tion dy­nam­ics, poverty, and ex­clu­sion are in­ter­re­lated pro­cesses that chal­lenge hu­man devel­op­ment. To tackle these com­plex is­sues, tra­di­tional dis­cip­lin­ary ap­proaches to ana­lysis and policy for­mu­la­tion are not suf­fi­cient. In­stead, in­teg­rated and in­ter­dis­cip­lin­ary ap­proaches to study­ing the work­ing of the hu­man-en­vir­on­ment sys­tem are needed. The Mas­ter So­cio-E­co­lo­gical Eco­nom­ics and Policy presents in­teg­rated ap­proaches to devel­op­ment and hu­man well-be­ing that go bey­ond the usual polar­iz­a­tion between so­cioeco­nomic devel­op­ment and en­vir­on­mental goals.

The pro­gram of­fers train­ing in so­cioeco­nomic ana­lysis and fo­cuses on the in­ter­faces between en­vir­on­mental, eco­nomic and so­cial chal­lenges. This in­ter­dis­cip­lin­ary and in­ter­na­tion­ally ori­ented ap­proach is based on three ma­jor pil­lars: the­ory, meth­od­o­logy, and ap­plic­a­tion. The the­ory courses in­clude con­cepts from a vari­ety of dis­cip­lines, chosen for their rel­ev­ance to global chal­lenges. The meth­od­o­lo­gical courses of­fer an in­teg­rated in­tro­duc­tion to qual­it­at­ive and quant­it­at­ive meth­ods and thus il­lus­trate how they are best com­bined in em­pir­ical ana­lyses. Rel­ev­ance for policy mak­ing and or­gan­iz­a­tional prac­tice is em­phas­ized throughout the pro­gram.


Concentration Areas

Spe­cial­ize in your areas of in­terest

The pro­gram of­fers four con­cen­tra­tion areas of which you can choose two: En­vir­on­ment, Pop­u­la­tion, Mul­ti-­Level Policy and So­cial Policy.

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International Students

An in­ter­na­tional classroom at “home”

Our main fo­cus lies on provid­ing a thor­ough in­ter­na­tion­al­iz­a­tion at the home uni­versity by at­tract­ing a di­verse set of stu­dents from all over the world. The “in­ter­na­tional classroom at home” thus cre­ated is meant to al­low stu­dents to ex­per­i­ence for­eign (aca­demic) cul­tures, lan­guages (espe­cially Eng­lish), and an in­ter­na­tional renowed fac­ulty without hav­ing to leave the cam­pus.

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