Are you interested in analyzing environmental issues and designing new solutions, from a broad social scientific perspective? Then this is the minor for you! You will look at the origin of environmental challenges and design and analyze change processes. In the level 3 courses you will focus on either the role of policy making, sustainable production and consumption, or knowledge management. You will learn how you can influence the behavior of individuals and organizations and in doing so contribute to a sustainable development.

Entry requirements and planning

There are no specific entry requirements for this minor. This minor is not available for GSS students.

The starting moment of this minor is in period 1, 2 or 3. The minimum length is 3 periods.

The minor is taught mostly in English with parts in Dutch. Completely in English is possible.


This minor consists of four courses. This is an amount of 30 credits.


In brackets: level, timeslot


Choice 1 out of 3

Choice 2 out of 7

*: In 2017 the English course will be in period 2D and the Dutch course will be in period 2A. From 2018 both courses will be in period 2D.

**: This course will be given for the first time in 2018-2019. Because of this, there is no description for this course in Osiris yet.

NB 1:

Classes mentioned twice are only available once.

NB 2:

It is advised to take the level 3 class after the mandatory level 2 class is completed. 

NB 3:

This minor will replace the minor Milieu-maatschappijwetenschappen. Students who started the minor Milieu-maatschappijwetenschappen are allowed to complete it – please contact Pieter Louwman ( for more information.


You are already enrolled as a student at Utrecht University

If you're a student at Utrecht University then you register via Osiris. Please note: you must register for the minor and seperately for each course.

You are a student at another higher education institution

This minor is also available for students studying at a university of applied sciences or at another university.

Please note: this minor is not finalized within one semester.

If you are not from Utrecht University, you register by filling in the form 'keuzevakformulier'. 

Enrollment periodes 2017-2018

Period 1 (courses start 04-09-2017)
Enrolment: Monday 29 May to Sunday 25 June 2017 (inclusive)

Period 2 (courses start 13-11-2017)
Enrolment: Monday 18 September to Sunday 1 October 2017 (inclusive)

Period 3 (courses start 05-02-2018)
Enrolment: Monday 30 October to Sunday 26 November 2017 (inclusive)

Period 4 (courses start 23-04-2018)
Enrolment: Monday 29 January to Sunday 25 February 2018 (inclusive)

If you enrol in these periods you can almost be sure to be accepted in the course of your first choice. If you change your mind later on and want to take another course, or if you forgot to enrol, you have a second chance on the late enrolment days. The choice at that time will however usually be more limited.

Late enrolment days:

Period 1: Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 August 2017
Period 2: Monday 23 October and Tuesday 24 October 2017
Period 3: Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 January 2018
Period 4: Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 April 2018

More information

Study advisor Pieter Louwman can provide you with more information concerning this minor. You can reach him by phone (030) 253 2349 of via e-mail (