Natural Resources Management, Short Course | Part time online | University of Bergen | Norway
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Natural Resources Management

6 months
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While there exists much relevant knowledge about natural resources, they are frequently mismanaged, often with dramatic consequences for those involved. One aim of the Natural Resources Management course at the University of Bergen is to build solid intuitive understanding of the theories and principles underlying natural resources.


Objectives and Content

A second aim of the Natural Resources Management course at the University of Bergen is to help students develop the skills and competencies needed for proper management of for instance water reservoirs, fisheries, forests, animal herds, and climate, and to operate in product and quota markets.

Learning Outcomes

Express knowledge and understanding:

  • Students know about cause and effect relationships of importance for resource management and are able to express this knowledge in 'stock and flow diagrams'. They understand how cause and effect give rise to developments over time such as equilibrium, growth, goal seeking, cycles, and overshoots.

Apply knowledge and understanding:

  • Students are able to apply knowledge and understanding to manage natural resources and to operate in markets for products and quotas.

Make judgements:

  • Students know how to distinguish between resources and their specific needs for policies or management strategies. They know about implementation problems and the need to consider second best solutions.


  • Students are aware of likely misperceptions. They can use analogies, narratives, and illuminating historical data to communicate. Based on their own experience with challenging management tasks, they understand the need for proper simplification.

Develop learning skills:

  • In particular, students develop learning skills to deal with dynamic problems. They know and can apply concepts such as stocks and flows, nonlinearity, feedback, delays, and policy in new situations. After passing the exam, simulation models and selected animations and simulators are made available for the students for personal use or for use in own teaching.

Programme Structure

What you will learn:

  • For resources management, central topics are system descriptions, dynamics, economics, uncertainty and policy design.
  • For management of commons problems, central topics are competitive games, regulation, and market-based institutions.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 6 months
    • Flexible

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The course is open to students worldwide. Applicants must meet the minimum entrance requirements for higher education in Norway or they must be older than 25 years of age.
  • Some basic understanding of cause and effect relationships expressed by mathematical functions is helpful. The basics will be used and repeated throughout the course. Students do not need knowledge of complex mathematical method of analysis.

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