Syllabus for The Global Economy: Environment, Development and Globalisation

Den globala ekonomin - miljö, utveckling och globalisering


  • 15 credits
  • Course code: 1MV073
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Sustainable Development G1F

    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:

    First cycle

    • 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

    Second cycle

    • 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
  • Entry requirements:

    60 credits

  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to

  • account for and compare different ways to measure development, poverty and welfare;
  • account for and analyse the relation between economy and gender, class, politics, resources, trade, migration and legislation;
  • account for and critically relate to historical and idea-historical perspectives on economic thinking and economic development;
  • critically analyse corporations roles and societal responsibility from a global sustainability perspective;
  • account for global power relations and apply a justice perspective on the sustainability challenge;
  • analyse the global economic system and its institutions, actors and trends from a perspective that spans different disciplines;
  • from a multidisciplinary perspective compare and critically analyse the basic assumptions, explanatory models and proposed solutions of different economical theories in relation to the present sustainability challenge.


The course highlights and discusses historical, idea-historical and contemporary sustainability perspectives on economic thinking, economic theory (neoclassical economy, environmental economy and ecological economy) and economic development. The interaction and conflicts between society and the environment from a global perspective are linked to the problem of measuring and evaluating, the relationship between economic growth and the environment and the consequences of consumer society. Furthermore different dimensions and connections between development and under-development and between poverty and wealth are also highlighted. Focus is also given to global economic institutions, international cooperation, world trade, business, globalisation and societal responsibility.


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 (4 credits) and active participation in seminars and workshops (3 credits), and through written documentation (7 credits) and oral presentation (1 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.

Other directives

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 reasssessment by another method.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2022

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Goodwin, Michael; Burr, Dan Economix : how our economy works (and doesn't work) in words and pictures

    New York: Abrams ComicArts, c2012

    Find in the library


  • Hill, Rod; Myatt, Tony The economics anti-textbook : a critical thinker's guide to microeconomics

    London: Zed, 2010

    Find in the library


  • Almered Olsson, Gunilla; Gooch, Pernille Natural resource conflicts and sustainable development

    Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2019

    Find in the library


  • Hickel, Jason The divide : a brief guide to global inequality and its solutions

    London: Windmill Books, 2018

    Find in the library


  • Course Reader

    Find in the library


Reading list revisions