Bergen School of Global Studies (BSGS)
bergen school of Global Studies


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.

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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

Teaching semester Autumn 2021
GEO330 Theories of Sustainable Land Use (Ole Reidar Vetaas and Connor Cavanagh)
GEO-SD302 Fundamentals of Dynamic Social Systems 
GEO-SD303 Model-based Analysis and Political Design
GEO-SD330 Natural Resource Management

Teaching semester Spring 2022
GEO316 Practical Skills in Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis (Benjamin Robson
GEO324 Geographies of the Green Economy
GEO337 Discourses, Politics and People: Critical Perspectives on Environmental Governance (Connor Cavanagh)
GEO-SD321 Model-based Socioeconomic Planning

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
INTH360 Global Nutrition
INTH328B Global tuberculosis - Epidemiology and Intervention
INTH660 Occupational Health in Developing Countries

GLODE305 Gender Analysing Global Development — Core Perspectives and Issues
GLODE306 Foundations for Health Promotion
GLODE307 Development Practice
HEFR342 Resource Approaches to Health and Wellbeing

Taught irregularly 
AORG325 Discretion and Paternalism
AORG326 Political Organisation and Multilevel governance
AORG327 Knowledge, Politics and Organisation
AORG327 Leadership in Organisational and Cultural Context

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

RELV330 Religion and Media
RELV337 Religion and the City

Teaching semester Autumn 2021

PED200 Education in a Changing Society

Teaching semester Spring 2022
SDG214 UN Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life Below Water
SDG215 UN Sustainable Development Goal 15: Life on Land

Taught irregularly
SDG213 Causes and Consequences of Climate Change

Master's degree programmes taught in English

Public Administration
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.  

System Dynamics
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.