1672 Methods for Evaluating Environmental Policies
- Study programme and level: Professional degree programme Administration 1nd Cycle
- 2nd year
- 6 ECTS
- Course type: Elective
- Lectures: 30
- Other forms of study: 90
- Individual work: 60
- Lecturer: Žiga Kotnik, PhD
1. Objectives and competences
- Understands the basic concepts of environmental policy in the EU and Slovenia.
- Identifies the research problem in a real situation and forms a research question.
- Master the theoretical basis of quantitative and qualitative methods used in environmental research.
- Selects the appropriate method, use databases, examine literature and uses them to solve a research question on the real case from the environmental sector.
- is trained to perform a convincing presentation of results supported by theoretical facts and examples.
- Understanding environmental policies at EU and national level.
- Understanding the processes and operations of NGOs at the local, national and international levels.
- Ability to work with NGOs.
- Critical assessment of research data in order to formulate a research question.
- Understanding and applying appropriate research methods to analyze concrete examples from the environmental sector.
- Use of environmental literature and databases to identify research data and place it in context.
- Deliver research results through a compelling oral presentation.
- Review of EU environmental policy.
- Review of environmental policy in Slovenia.
- Policymaking, regulation and operation of non-governmental organisations in environmental sector.
- Policymaking and regulation in environmental sector.
- Economic aspects of environmental protection.
- Quantitative methods in the case of environmental policies (descriptive statistics, regression analysis).
- Qualitative methods in the case of environmental policies (interview analysis, experiment, survey methodology, case study, desktop research).
- Implementation of research methods to the real life case from the environmental sector.
- The process of planning and conducting research in the environmental sector.
- Use of databases for environmental policy analysis.
- Data mining.
- Data delivery and innovative image displays.
- Effective and clear presentation of research results in the environmental sector.
- Delreux, T., & Happaerts, S. (2016). Environmental policy and politics in the European Union. Macmillan International Higher Education. 320 str.
- Haigh, N. (2015). EU environmental policy: its journey to centre stage. Routledge. 214 str.
- Evropska komisija. (2019). Pregled izvajanja okoljske politike 2019. Poročilo za posamezne države – SLOVENIJA. Evropska unija. 37 str.
- Žitnik. M. (2009). Okoljski kazalniki za Slovenijo. Ljubljana: SURS. 49 str.
- Zakon o varstvu okolja (ZVO-1). Ur. list RS. 41/2004, 57/08, 70/08, 108/09, 48/12, 57/12, 92/13, 56/15, 102/15, 30/16. 148 str.
- Thampapillai, D. J., & Ruth, M. (2019). Environmental economics: Concepts, methods and policies. Routledge. 324 str.
- Edmonds, W. A., & Kennedy, T. D. (2016). An applied guide to research designs: Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods. Sage Publications. 392 str.
- O'Sullivan, E., Berner, M., Taliaferro, J. D., and Rassel, G. R. (2016). Research methods for public administrators. New York: Routledge. 544 str.
4. Intended learning outcomes
- Basics of environmental policies in Slovenia and in the EU.
- Processes of operation of non-governmental organisations in the environmental sector.
The student will be able:
- to define a research question from a concrete problem in the environmental sector.
- to choose the appropriate method for solving research question in the environmental sector.
- use databases and literature to identify relevant research data.
- Conduct a convincing and evidence-based oral presentation.
- Working in an interdisciplinary team in a non-governmental organization.
5. Learning and teaching methods
- Student preparations for lectures.
- Student praparation for tutorials.
- Seminar paper.
- written and/or oral exam (60%)
- seminar paper (40%)