Faculty of Chemistry and Earth SciencesGovernance of Risk and Resources (Santiago de Chile) – Master, continuing education

Students enrolled in ‘Governance of risk and resources’ consider the (political, social and economical) controllability of various interactions between humans and the environment from a problem-centred and application-oriented perspective. 

Facts & Formalities

DegreeMaster of Science
Type of programmeContinuing
Start of programmeWinter and summer semester
Standard period of study3 semesters
Language(s) of instructionSpanish and English
Fees and contributions
2,000.00 € / Semester
Application procedureContinuing-education master’s programmes, Governance of Risk and Ressources
Application deadlinesInformation about deadlines can be obtained after you have put together a degree program.
International degree programYes

Course Content

The Master’s degree programme ‘Governance of risk and resources’, taught at the Heidelberg Centre for Latin America (Heidelberg Center für Lateinamerika, HLCA) in Santiago de Chile is an interdisciplinary academic programme that focusses on intersecting topics associated with natural sciences, business and economics, and social sciences. It is a continuing education, fee-based course with places for up to 25 students per year.  

Governance of risks and resources is the main focus of the academic programme. Here, governance refers to the control and regulation systems of political systems as well as in markets, organisations or networks. Students are trained to design and accompany governance processes. The term ‘governance’ combines numerous forms of collective decision-making processes with a strong focus on participatory action coordination. Society is enabled to collectively find solutions to problems resulting from the interaction between humans and their environment, to apply these solutions and to govern itself. Students in the Master’s programme are trained in recognising and mastering the challenges of risk and resource governance.

Course Structure

The degree programme is divided into a compulsory component and a compulsory elective component, and culminates in submission of the Master's thesis. 

Compulsory component 

The following lectures and courses, taught in the first two semesters, are compulsory for all students and convey the fundamental knowledge of the degree programme. In these courses students are faced with the main, theoretical issues of the three topics governance, risks, and resources. The compulsory component contains the following modules: 

  • Environmental theory and politics: Students gain an overview of current theoretical perspectives associated with the relationship between man and environment.  
  • Governance of natural hazards: The module conveys the theoretical basic concepts of risk research. 
  • Governance of natural resources: The module conveys natural-scientific basic knowledge of the geographical availability of resources and provides more in-depth knowledge of the interdependencies related to their use.  
  • Research methods: This module consists of a lecture on scientific theory and two practice classes: one practice class on qualitative methods applied in societal research and one practice class on quantitative methods and their application in geographical information systems. 
  • Research seminar: This seminar is of fundamental importance as it traces the processes and procedures of a scientific research project with its individual stages and conveys the skills required for independent and project-based activity on the basis of chosen problems.  

Compulsory elective component 

In this phase, students can select from the teaching modules of the Master’s degree programmes in geography taught at the two Chilean partner universities. These modules consists of lectures and practice classes. 

The aim of the compulsory elective modules is for students to engage in more in-depth conceptual debates, become familiar with case-based analyses of existing governance mechanisms, and acquire application-oriented skills and knowledge to appropriately judge political and regulatory measures. 

The case-based topics of the modules are related to one of the following areas:  

Sustainable use of natural resources, environment and society, energy and water resources, climatic and seismic risks.  

Master’s thesis 

In the Master's thesis, students deal with an independently selected, scientific problem. The thesis must be presented and discussed in a subsequent colloquium.