GeoGovernance (GG) Stream

The GeoGovernance (GG) stream provides a science-based additional qualification for professionals working at the interface of administrative and environmental policy. GG aims to better integrate the results of current research on global problems such as natural hazards, climate change and sustainable resource management into policy decision making. To bridge the gap between natural and social sciences, GG has a strong interdisciplinary focus which incorporates earth and environmental topics into the classic public management program. The GeoGovernance stream is based on a strong collaboration with the prestigious Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences within the framework of PROGRESS.

Short descriptions of our stream foundation modules and joint foundation modules can be found below. Furthermore all students can choose from different elective modules.

Stream Foundation Modules

Global Environmental Policy
The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of global environmental policy. The course comprises overarching conceptual frameworks, select empirical domains of global environmental policy, and the management of long-term environmental policy problems.

A Systems Approach to Earth Sciences
The aim of this course is to provide a general understanding of the dynamics of planet earth, rates and scales of environmental change, and the relationships between human societies and earth system processes. This course is designed for students with limited or no background in earth and environmental sciences.

Joint Foundation Modules

Foundations of Public Management
The overall objective of the course is to inform participants on the following aspects of Public Management: Introduction to Public Management, Concepts of Public Management, Functions and Issues, Public Management in selected countries, open and controversial questions related to Public Management.

Applied Policy Analysis
Policy analysis (also called public policy research or policy studies) is a special field in the social sciences which concentrates on the content, explanation and effects of government policies (such as social policy, environmental policy, administrative policy etc.). The seminar will discuss basic concepts with the help of established Anglo-Saxon textbooks.

Professional and Management Skills - Part 1: Research Skills
This course teaches the basics of how social scientists develop their research design. The course is focused on the research process in general. It considers the different steps of the research process.

Professional and Management Skills - Part 2: Communication Skills
This course will help you to improve your communication skills while you become familiar with the special features of academic English you will need at University and with your professional contacts. The course will provide you with listening practice to improve your note-taking, your questions in class and at meetings, and your pronunciation.

Professional and Management Skills - Part 3: Management Skills
This course provides an introduction to management skills and behavior with a focus on teams in projects. The primary goal is to equip course participants with an understanding of practical tools for managing work-related behaviors effectively.

Elective Modules

Elective modules are chosen freely by the student, irrespective of their specialization-stream. The offered seminars in this area vary each semester and are thus only mentioned exemplarily.

  • Public Sector Reform
  • Climate Diplomacy
  • Governing Global Health
  • Climate Change and Development
  • Social Security