Syllabus for Introduction to Sustainable Development

Introduktion till hållbar utveckling

Syllabus

  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1MV550
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Sustainable Development A1N

    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: 2017-03-09
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2019-02-12
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 30, 2019
  • Entry requirements: A bachelor degree, equivalent to a Swedish degree of at least 180 credits (i.e. three years of full-time study), within the natural sciences, technology, the social sciences, jurisprudence or the historical/philosophical subject areas.
  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Learning outcomes

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

  • critically relate to disciplinary and interdisciplinary traditions and work methods;
  • critically relate to and analyse the history and development of the concept of Sustainable development;
  • problematise complexity and sustainable development through a critical analysis of different actors' norms and perspectives
     

Content

The course provides a general introduction to theory and method at an advanced level in relation to sustainable development, interdisciplinarity and system-oriented science. The course gives an introduction to general skills that will be useful during the program within the complex area of sustainable development. The course also includes an introduction to equal opportunities with respect to the discrimination act.

Instruction

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.

Assessment

The student is examined through written preparation for (1 credit) and active participation in seminars and workshops (1 credit), and through written documentation (2.5 credits) and oral presentation (0.5 credits) 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.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 26, 2020

  • Edwards, Andres R.; Orr, David W. The sustainability revolution : portrait of a paradigm shift

    Gabriola Island, B.C.: New Society, 2005

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Blyton, Paul.; Franklin, Alex. Researching sustainability : a guide to social science methods, practice and engagement

    London: Earthscan, 2011.

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Course Reader

    The course coordinators will make available a course compendium one week before the course starts that will consist of 3-4 texts, videos, audio files and/or other learning material per week, available through Studium.

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

Reading list revisions