Dan Jørgensen, a member of the European Parliament since 2004, is teaching “Power and Persuasion in Environmental Policy” during the summer quarter at Seattle University. Jørgensen, vice-chairman of the Committee of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, will provide insight into the environmental policy and politics in Demark and the European Union (EU) as well as globally.
“Although the course focuses mainly on European and international policy, the students will compare policy development in the EU and U.S.,” Jørgensen says.
To Seattle University Jørgensen brings extensive experience as a policymaker involved in EU and international environmental issues. Students will engage in simulations of real negotiations and policymaking situations involving a range of participants: politicians, aides, civil servants, community organizations and others.
“From these real-world scenarios, students better understand how political organizations operate and how best to interact with them and within them,” Jørgensen says. “They will be poised to work on environmental policy in a range of organizations.”
Jørgensen was re-elected after his first term and became the leader of the Danish Social Democratic delegation in the European Parliament in 2009. He has taught in universities throughout Europe, including the University of Aarhus and Sciences Po Paris.
SU has been a partner with the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) since 2008. DIS said their organization is pleased about the partnership, because SU has been a leader in the field of sustainability for many years.
The university' practices include energy conservation, extensive recycling, on-site composting program and a program to promote alternative forms of transportation. Sustainability is integrated throughout SU's curriculum in teaching, learning, research and scholarship and strategic planning.
Recently, Jørgensen published the book, Green Hope: Climate Policy 2.0.