Syllabus for Sustainable Development: Worldviews and Visions - a Seminar Series
Hållbar utveckling - synsätt och visioner - en seminarieserie
- 5 credits
- Course code: 1MV552
- 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:
- 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: 2022-02-07
- Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
- Applies from: Autumn 2022
A Bachelor's degree of at least 180 credits. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.
- Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences
On completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- critically analyse the conceptual and practical dimensions of sustainable development at local, regional and global level;
- critically evaluate ethical questions with relevance for sustainable development;
- critically relate to and value different actors' visions of a sustainable future.
The course deals with the concept of sustainable development from a historical perspective, by studying how ideologies and views in society have shaped the sustainability discussion. The basic assumptions about how man, nature, development, technology and economy are interrelated are analysed by applying discourse analysis. The course uses different theories and case studies to analyse different interpretations of the normative and practical dimensions of development; at local, regional and global level. The course gives the student the opportunity to participate in ethical and philosophical discussions on sustainability issues.
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 (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.
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.
Common course books
Pluriverse : a post-development dictionary
New Delhi, India: Tulika Books and Authorsupfront, 2019
Schot, J. W.
Transitions to sustainable development [Elektronisk resurs] : new directions in the study of long term transformative change
New York: Routledge, 2010
Tillgänglig för användare inom Uppsala universitet
A course reader with articles and other learning materials will be avaliable at Studium when the course starts
Reading list revisions
- Latest reading list (applies from Autumn 2022, version 2)
- Previous reading list (applies from Autumn 2022, version 1)