Syllabus for Critical Perspectives on Sustainable Development in Sweden
Kritiska perspektiv på hållbar utveckling i Sverige
- 7.5 credits
- Course code: 1MV072
- Education cycle: First cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level:
Sustainable Development G1N
Explanation of codes
The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:
- G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
- G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
- G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
- G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
- G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
- GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified
- A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
- A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
- A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
- A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
- AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified
- Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
- Established: 2016-03-10
- Established by:
- Revised: 2022-02-10
- Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
- Applies from: Autumn 2022
- Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences
On completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- account for different actors' perspective on sustainable development in Sweden, and critically review their different definitions of and indicators of sustainable development;
- account for and critically review the origin and development of the Swedish sustainability discourse, and conflicting conceptions of Sweden as a world leader within the sustainability field;
- account for what characterises Swedish work and Swedish initiatives for sustainable development at the local, regional and international level;
- critically relate to and evaluate Swedish actors' visions and solutions that aims at a sustainable future, and their different strategies to achieve a sustainable society in a global context.
The course starts out with analysing and evaluating different dimensions of and perspectives on sustainable development in Sweden. On the basis of that starting point, the course highlights practical work for sustainable development and the societal/scientific debate concerning the subject. To deepen the understanding of the complex sustainability challenge the course provides a historical description of how sustainable development through time and space has been handled and interpreted in different Swedish contexts and by different Swedish actors. On the general level the course aims encourage to a critical discussion and reflection concerning Swedish actors' visions about a sustainable future, and their different strategies to achieve a sustainable society.
The teaching consists of lectures, seminars and workshops. The lectures are given by guest lecturers from various academic disciplines and relevant areas of society. Ample opportunities are provided for active student participation and critical reflection. Participation in seminars and workshops is compulsory. Non-compulsory study visits or equivalent may occur.
The student is examined through written preparation for (2 credits) and active participation in seminars and workshops (1.5 credits), and through written documentation (3.5 credits) and oral presentation (0.5 credit) of a project.
If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator.
Active participation is reassessed through a re-seminar. If a student after having been offered a re-seminar still does not meet the requirements to pass the active participation elements the examiner can choose reassessment by another method.
Applies from: Autumn 2022
Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.
Sustainable modernity : the Nordic model and beyond
London ; New York: Routledge, 2018
Lundgren, Lars J.
Use and misuse of nature's resources : an environmental history of Sweden
Stockholm: Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, 2009
Weidman Grunewald, Elaine;
Sustainability leadership : a Swedish approach to transforming your company, your industry and the world
Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 
Reading list revisions
- Latest reading list (applies from Autumn 2022, version 2)
- Previous reading list (applies from Autumn 2022, version 1)