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2023/2024  KAN-CPOLO2053U  Governing the Green Transition

English Title
Governing the Green Transition

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory (also offered as elective)
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc/MSc i International Business and Politics, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Leonard Seabrooke - Department of Organization (IOA)
  • Rasmus Corlin Christensen - Department of Organization (IOA)
Main academic disciplines
  • CSR and sustainability
  • International political economy
  • Sociology
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 07-06-2023

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Learning objectives
  • A comprehensive knowledge of the issues, institutions, and actors involved in the green transition topic in question,
  • knowledge and understanding of theories and concepts that are relevant to analysis of green transition issues,
  • ability to link the theories to the empirical material in a reflexive manner.
Governing the Green Transition:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
Assignment type Written assignment
Release of assignment The Assignment is released in Digital Exam (DE) at exam start
Duration 2 weeks to prepare
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Summer
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
A new exam assignment must be answered. This applies to all students (failed, ill, or otherwise)
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

Climate change is the most important challenge facing humanity today, reconfiguring our economies and societies across the globe. Addressing climate change through the green transition will entail significant change and conflict. What does that change and conflict look like, and why? Which political actors and interests are involved, and how do they compete for influence over green standards and norms? The Organizing Global Markets: The Green Transition course focuses on these questions, examining professional and organizational competition as markets change to bring in the green transition.

Seen through the lens of International Political Economy, this competition comprises not only states but also firms, experts, NGOs and other actors who want to control how standards are set for green transition, how assets are valued, and who ultimately benefits.


The OGM course develops your understanding of different issues on the green transition, drawing on state of the art research (including faculty’s own), providing cases on green investment, sustainability consulting, climate activism, taxation and the climate breakdown, plastics, food, and others. We will also bring in subject-matter experts who work directly with the green transition across consulting, finance and policy.


The OGM course also develops your analytical capacity to understand who gets the upper hand, and how professional networks underpin policy and market arrangements for the green transition. You will be trained in how to analyze who has influence in green transition issues, and you will develop a paper tracing such influence. Students will receive dedicated feedback from faculty to test their arguments and cases throughout the course.


The course is directed at those who want to develop their analytical capacities for thinking about how macro political and economic processes, which enable and constrain the green transition, are linked to micro and meso-level mechanisms of competition and coordination among experts and authorities. The OGM course is especially suited to those who wish to have a career in consulting and policy that is linked to the green transition.


In relation to Nordic Nine

The Governing the Green Transition course supports the Nordic Nine capabilities by teaching analytical approaches to understand humanity’s challenges, climate change specifically, and how they may be resolved (NN3).

The course provides the means to explain the social and politico-economic structures that replicate prosperity and inequality over generations (NN7).

The stress in the course on climate-vulnerable and climate-forcing assets also helps students examine how local communities create value from global connections (NN9).

Description of the teaching methods
Lectures, exercises, class discussion
Feedback during the teaching period
The course offers continuous feedback and establishes an ongoing dialogue with students. Particular feedback includes: a) direct feedback on learning attainment during sessions; b) the use of in-class discussion and quizzes in live lecture sessions; c) focused feedback on ‘work in progress’ presentations of arguments and evidence; d) engagement via regular office hours in person or online. Feedback is given to explain how particular answers and arguments can be improved.
Student workload
Preparation time (readings, group work etc.) 109 hours
Lectures / class exercises / “homework cafés” / workshops etc. 30 hours
Exam (incl. preparation for the exam and actual exam period) 70 hours
Last updated on 07-06-2023