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PL413 Environmental and Public Management Law

Course description for academic year 2020/2021

Contents and structure

The main part of this course is concentrated on central laws and instruments in Norwegian nature and environmental management, as well as general principles and background for management of nature and environment. About 1/4 of the course is a basic introduction to public management law. 

The focus is on practical and vocational application. Students will gain insight into the everyday management practice through meetings with representatives of public management. The students will also practice case management. 

Learning Outcome

The students will gain knowledge of:

  • objectives, principles and management tools within central parts of Norwegian environmental management.
  • basic legal concepts and public management according to the Public Administration Act and the Public Information Act; legal sources, legal method, legislation on case management, impartiality, right of access and appeal
  • public management according to important Norwegian environmental acts.

The students  will have skills in

  • case management in nature management.

Students will have competence to understand:

  • procedural rules in public management
  • the role of public management in society
  • the targets and principles of public environmental management 

Entry requirements


Recommended previous knowledge

PL417 Land use planning or equivalent knowledge. '

Basic knowledge of ecology and environmental protection is recommended

Teaching methods

Lectures, video lectures, seminars and group work

Group and individual assignments

Compulsory learning activities

Requirements before exam

  • 2 approved written assignments (1 group assignment and 1 individual assignment)
  • Approved participation in seminars


Home exam, 2 days

Grading A-F, where F is not passed

Examination support material

All available

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