Master’s studies

Syllabus for Master Programme in Global Environmental History

Masterprogram i global miljöhistoria

Entry Requirements


Academic requirements
A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. The main field of study must be within the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of Social Sciences or the Faculty of Science and Technology.

Language requirements
All applicants need to verify English language proficiency. This is normally attested by an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS with the following minimum scores:

  • IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
  • TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
  • Cambridge: CAE, CPE
Exemptions for students from certain countries.

Aim

The program aims to provide students with advanced theoretical and empirical knowledge in the social sciences and humanities analysis of the relationship between man and nature. The program is designed to provide methodological and analytical skills that are necessary to critically and independently conduct studies in Global Environmental History at the level required of for a professional career or research in the field.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the program, students will have fulfilled the objectives of a Master's degree, as specified in the decree of higher education. At the completion of the programme students will be able to demonstrate:

• knowledge and understanding of the subject global environmental history, including both an overview of the field and in-depth knowledge of certain parts of the field, and also insight into current research and development
• deeper methodological knowledge in Global Environmental History
• ability to integrate knowledge and to analyse, assess and deal with complex phenomena in Global Environmental History and the contextualise questions and situations even with limited information
• ability to identify and formulate questions in Global Environmental History and to plan and carry out advanced tasks within specified time limits;
• demonstrate an ability to make judgments with respect to scientific, social and ethical aspects of Global Environmental History and demonstrate an awareness of ethical aspects of research and development
• demonstrate an understanding of the possibilities and limitations of science, its role in society and the responsibility for its use
• demonstrate the ability to identify needs of further knowledge and the ability to take responsibility for their learning.

Layout of the Programme

The program extends over two years and gives 120 credits. The program runs over four semesters and is taught in English. The first term focuses on an introduction to Global Environmental History through two required courses (each 7.5 credits): “Introduction to Global Environmental History 1, Modern nature: conflicts and transformation” and “Introduction to Global Environmental History 2, Changing perceptions of humans and nature.” Next, students take a required course of 7.5 credits, “Theory and Methods in Thesis Work” as well as an optional course for 7.5 credits. During terms 2 and 3, students follow a required course of 7.5 credits, “Current Themes and Debates in Global Environmental History”, where lectures are interspersed with seminars, the writing of essays and student presentations. During terms 2 and 3 students have the opportunity to choose from a wide number of courses (7.5 credits each) and are given the possibility to participate in fieldwork and courses at foreign universities or to do internships outside academia. The thesis work begins during term 3 at the latest. Term 4 focuses on the Master's thesis, and students are able to choose to write a thesis of either 45 or 60 credits. The thesis is examined the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History and supervised by teachers with specialist at one of the collaborating institutions.

Instruction

Instruction will be in English and consists of lectures, seminars, discussion groups and independent work. Students have the opportunity to arrange and run workshops. Courses are usually a part-time and students are required to study two part-time courses in parallel. The required reading courses within the program amounts to 30 credits. There is a large variety of courses to choose from for the remaining 30-45 points. For the Master's thesis, there is the option of choosing between writing a 45 or 60-point Master's thesis. The thesis is examined in the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, but is supervised by teachers with relevant specialist skills in one of the collaborating institutions of Archaeology, History, Art History, Cultural Geography, Economic History, Development Studies and Sustainability Studies.

The program director is responsible for establishing an individual curriculum for each Master's student at the beginning of the educational program.

Degree

The programme leads to a two-year Master of Arts degree of 120 credits in Global Environmental History.

Syllabus(es)

  • Latest syllabus (applies from Autumn 2013)