Master’s studies

Syllabus for Sustainable Development: Worldviews and Visions - a Seminar Series

Hållbar utveckling - synsätt och visioner - en seminarieserie

Syllabus

  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1MV501
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Sustainable Development A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G).
  • Established: 2007-03-15
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2007-03-15
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 35, 2009
  • Entry requirements: Bachelor's degree within science, technology or social science. Proficiency in English (see link: Eligibility requirements).
  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Learning outcomes

After finishing the course the student shall:
• be able to understand different dimensions of Sustainable development on a local, regional and global scale;
• be able to critically relate to and analyse the history and development of the concept of Sustainable development;
• be able to critically relate to and value different definitions and indicators of Sustainable development;
be able to critically relate to and value different actors’ visions of a sustainable future and different strategies to attain a sustainable society.

Content

The concept of Sustainable development: history, definitions, indicators and approaches. Sustainable development from an ecological, social and economical standpoint. Sustainable development on a local, regional and global scale. Personal and societal visions of a sustainable future; strategies and goals. Up-to-date environmental and developmental issues.

Instruction

The teaching will primarily take place through seminars. The seminars are held by the course coordinator in collaboration with lectures from different academic disciplines and other relevant areas of society. Great importance is given to active participation by the student, as well as reflection and critical challenging of own and others worldviews and values.

Assessment

The students attain their credits through writing of papers and active participation at the seminars.

Reading list

Reading lists

Applies from: week 35, 2014

  • Biofuels, land grabbing and food security in Africa

    London: Zed Books, cop. 2011

    Fulltext

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Course Reader

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Graff, Gerald; Birkenstein, Cathy.; Durst, Russel K. "They say/I say" : the moves that matter in academic writing : with readings

    2. ed.: New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2011

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Higgins, Polly. Earth is our business : changing the rules of the game

    London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 2012

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

Syllabus Revisions