Addressing complex global challenges—climate change, health, migration and inequality—is fundamentally about governance. It is about establishing norms and institutions that regulate the actions of individuals, companies and states in more sustainable and just ways.
Bergen School of Global Studies offers a master’s programme in governance, as well as a range of PhD and MA courses that provide multidisciplinary insights into the governance of the different global challenges:
- What are the current global and local governance architectures (treaties, laws, regulations and regulatory bodies) for health, climate and migration?
- How and by whom are these norms and structures established?
- (How) are they implemented and monitored and how are transgressions sanctioned?
The courses also provide the basis for critically addressing the biases and shortcomings in the current governance frameworks: who benefits, who bears the costs? what the institutional structures perpetuating and driving inequality and unsustainable behaviour?
LawTransform (the CMI-UiB Centre on Law & Social Transformation) is the hub of the BSGS-governance pillar. Based at Bergen Global, it is a global centre with affiliated researchers from across all continents and a broad range of disciplines sharing an interest in understanding how rights, law and legal institutions are used as tools for social change – and to what effect.
At the core of LawTransform is a range of international research projects. A dedicated group of researchers, PhDs, interns, students, and volunteers take the LawTransform agenda forward in research, workshops, seminars, webinars, podcasts and on social media. The annual Bergen Exchanges on Law & Social Transformation is open to all and offers a week of dialogue with central scholars in the field on central questions related to the governance of global challenges, with an integrated PhD course on Effects of Lawfare.
Courses and subjects taught in English
GEO316 Practical Skills in Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis
GEO324 Geographies of the Green Economy
GEO330 Theories of Sustainable Land Use
GEO337 Discourses, Politics and People: Critical Perspectives on Environmental Governance
GEO-SD321 Model-based Socioeconomic Planning
GEO-SD302 Fundamentals of Dynamic Social Systems
GEO-SD303 Model-based Analysis and Political Design
GEO-SD330 Natural Resource Management
SAMPOL328 Lawfare: Law as Political Strategy
SAMPOL334 The Publics of Europe and the European Public Sphere
SAMPOL338 Breaking Bad: Understanding Backlash Against Democracy
SAMPOL346 Disruptive Justice
SAMPOL347 Political Financing in a Global Perspective
ECON324 Public Economies
JUS250-2-C Health and Human Rights in the Welfare State
JUS276-2-B European Human Rights
JUS288-2-A International Criminal Court
JUS290-2-A Comparing Legal Cultures in Europe
JUS291-2-A EU and EEA State Aid Law
INTH314 Applied Economic Evaluation in Health Care
ELMED310 Equity and Fairness in Health — an Applied Approach
ELMED320 Tropical Infectious Diseases
INTH360 Global Nutrition
INTH328B Global tuberculosis - Epidemiology and Intervention
INTH660 Occupational Health in Developing Countries
PED200 Education in a Changing Society
Master's degree programmes taught in English
Public Administration is the study of administration, organization and politics. The programme develops analytical skills through the use of relevant theories of organization and institutions. You will also learn how to design suitable research methods to study current complex governance and policy issues and their implications.
In a complex and developing world, we need theories, methods and tools to help us understand, manage, and communicate effectively. System dynamics studies how and why things change over time.
Relevant research milieus at UiB