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School of Economics and Political Science
Course unit
EPP8084302, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
EP2444, Degree course structure A.Y. 2018/19, A.Y. 2019/20
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Degree course track EUROPEAN POLICIES [002PD]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT POLICIES (MOD. A)
Department of reference Department of Political Science, Law, and International Studies
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English

Teacher in charge EKATERINA DOMORENOK SPS/04

Integrated course for this unit
Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses SPS/04 Polticial Science 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 45 105.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined


Common characteristics of the Integrated Course unit

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of political science.
Target skills and knowledge: The course will allow students to understand policy cycles and governance processes of the EU in a broad perspective, and will be specifically focused on policy design, implementation and evaluation. At the end of the course, the student will be able to detect policy objectives, principles, procedures and instruments; will be capable of analysing policies in a critical fashion; will be able to unveil the main actors involved, their interests and interactions. Furthermore, the student will be able to connect the policy content with various evaluations techniques (ex ante, in itinere and ex post).
Examination methods: The assessment methods have been designed in order to stimulate active involvement in the course and to develop a mix of knowledge and know-how. The grade breakdown is as follows:

Final written exam – Module A: 35%
Final written exam – Module B: 35%
Individual or group assignment (written or oral): 30%
Assessment criteria: Conceptual clarity and analytical capacity

Specific characteristics of the Module

Course unit contents: The course illustrates the main trends in the evolution of the EU agenda for sustainable development, paying particular attention to its key guiding principles, policy instruments and modes of governance that have consolidated in this field within both its external (international arena) and internal dimensions (EU own public policies). After a short overview of the origins of this strategy, the course will focus on the analysis of its most recent developments, illustrating how sustainable development principles have been implemented and diffused across various EU policies. Taking the example of two specific policy fields (regional and urban development and climate package), the course will explain how and to what extent the commitment to sustainable development goals throughout the general political discourse has translated into concrete policy transformations in terms of specific objectives, instruments and modes of governance.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The teaching method includes both lectures and group work. In the second half of the course students will be divided into groups in order to develop guided discussions on a range of topics suggested by the instructor.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The presentations used during the lectures will be available in moodle. A number of mandatory readings will be available at the Copy Shop of the Department of Political Science, Law and International Relations.
Additional readings will be suggested during the course.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Barnes, Pamela M.; Hoerber, Thomas C., Sustainable development and governance in Europethe evolution of the discourse on sustainabilityedited by Pamela M. Barnes and Thomas C. Hoerber. London: New York, Routledge, 2013. Introduction and Chapter 1 Cerca nel catalogo
  • Jordan, Andrew; Adelle, Camilla, Environmental policy in the European Unionactors, institutions and processes edited by Andrew Jordan and Camilla Adelle. London: New York, Routledge, Earthscan, 2013. Chapters 13,14,17,19 Cerca nel catalogo
  • Jordan A., Lenschow A., Policy Paper. Environmental Policy Integration: A State of the Art Review. Environmental Policy and Gover: --, 2010. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Domorenok E., Governing Sustainability in the EU. From Political Discourse to Policy Practices. --: Routledge, 2018. Chapter 2
  • Bulkeley H. et al., Governing sustainability: Rio+20 and the road beyond. Environment and Planning: --, 2013. Cerca nel catalogo