Corporate and Private Environmental Responsibility

ENE456 Corporate and Private Environmental Responsibility

Autumn 2022

Spring 2023
  • Topics

    Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), large corporations, environmental responsibility environmental conservation work, clean technology development, environmental NGOs strategy, policy influence.

  • Learning outcome

    Knowledge - upon successful completion the student

    • Is familiar with selected environmental NGOs and large private corporations with interests in the environment and clean technology development.
    • Knows how environmental NGOs and private corporations work toward environmental responsibility and conservation, including strategies in the short an long run.
    • Understands the role of NGOs and large corporations in environmental issues and in policy work at both the national and international level.

    Skills - upon successful completion the student

    • Can explain differences between various types of environmental NGOs.
    • Can explain and discuss environmental responsibility of large private corporations.
    • Can coordinate and work on subject related matter in peer-groups.
    • Can present and discuss subject related questions to a larger audience.

  • Teaching

    The seminar is divided in two parts. The first part consists of lectures from representatives of selected NGOs and large private corporations that have an environmental agenda. The second part consists of student group work and presentations. Depending on the corona-situation group presentations may be replaced by individual papers on a given topic.

  • Credit reduction due to overlap


  • Compulsory Activity

    Mandatory attendance at all lectures and activities. Depending on the corona-situation, lectures and activities may be web-based.

  • Assessment

    3 days individual home exam (publication day 1 at 09.00, submission day 3 by 14.00).

  • Grading Scale


  • Literature

    NGO Diplomacy: The Influence of Nongovernmental Organizations in International Environmental Negotiations (2007), Betsill, M.M, Corell, E. (eds.). MIT Press.

    Doyle, Julie (2009) Climate Action and Environmental Activism: The Role of Environmental NGOs and Grassroots Movements in the Global Politics of Climate Change In: Boyce, Tammy and Lewis, Justin, eds. Climate Change and the Media. Peter Lang, New York, USA, pp. 103-116. ISBN 9781433104619


ECTS Credits
Teaching language

Spring. Offered Spring 2022 (last week of the semester).

Course responsible

Professor Stein Ivar Steinshamn, Department of Business and Management Science.