Syllabus for Sustainable Development: Worldviews and Discourses - a Seminar Series

Hållbar utveckling - synsätt och deras diskurser - en seminarieserie

Syllabus

  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1MV553
  • 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: 2016-03-10
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2022-02-07
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2022
  • Entry requirements:

    Participation in the first semester of the Master's Programme in Sustainable Development. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.

  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Learning outcomes

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

  • critically analyse different views on sustainable development and different ideologies within the field of environment, development and sustainability;
  • critically analyse controversies, similarities and differences within the sustainability debate based upon the different assumptions and perspectives on the relationship between man, nature, development, technology and economics;
  • use a limited form of discourse analysis to understand the debate and practical applications of the concept of Sustainable development;

Content

During the course the student will use social science theory in order to be able to critically relate to different assumptions about sustainable development. Basic assumptions about how man, nature, development, technology and economy are interrelated are analysed by applying discourse analysis. The student will be able to structure argumentation by applying discourse analysis as a tool.

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.

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 reassessment by another method.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2022

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Dryzek, John S. The politics of the Earth : environmental discourses

    3. ed.: Oxford: Oxford University Press, cop. 2013

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Bacchi, Carol Lee; Goodwin, Susan Poststructural policy analysis : a guide to practice

    New York, NY: Palgrave Pivot, 2016

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Digital Compendium Online MSD Spring

    CEMUS, 2020

    www.cemus.uu.se/msd

    An online compendium with 3-4 texts, videos, audio files and/or other learning material per week available at www.cemus.uu.se/msd

    Mandatory