Syllabus for Sustainable Development B

Hållbar utveckling B

A revised version of the syllabus is available.

Syllabus

  • 30 credits
  • Course code: 1MV021
  • 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: 2008-03-13
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2010-01-18
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Spring 2010
  • Entry requirements:
  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Learning outcomes

At the completion of the course the student should


  • have a deep and interdisciplinary understanding of environmental and developmental issues and the concept of sustainable development, as well as specialised knowledge of a specific case within the area of sustainable development;

  • have a scientifically based understanding of different views and ideologies within the environment and development field;

  • have a comprehensive knowledge of historical and philosophical perspectives on the environment and development;

  • be able to introduce an existential dimension to the environment and development discourse;

  • have an insight into the possibilities and limitations of science and technology, their role in society, and peoples responsibility of how they are used;

  • have practical experience of planning, carrying through and presenting a scientific project within the field;

  • have developed a personal attitude to his/her own role in the challenges and solutions of sustainable development, thereby strengthening his/her ability to adjust to an ever-changing surrounding world.

Content

Modules/Contents:
The course consists of three different modules, two of them being electives. The first module, Values, Worldviews and Visions is mandatory for all students. In the second module the student has two choices. Both alternatives are based on individual thematic specialisation. The third module includes the writing of a longer paper or the creation of a project that fulfils basic requirements of scientific investigation and presentation.

Module 1
Values, Worldviews and Visions, 15 credits
An emphasis is put on analysing different views on the state of the world in regards to development and the environment. The development of environmental thinking and the emergence of the concept of development is mapped out. The module also attempts to discuss ethical, philosophical and scientific views of man's attitude towards nature. Different views on development and technology are highlighted with an emphasis on development-critical perspectives. The analysis of views, in debates regarding environment and development issues, is a working method used throughout the module. Lastly, divergent visions of the future are treated.

Module 2
Elective B-level Course in Sustainable Development, 7.5 credits (for the academic year 09/10 this implies a choice between Man and the Machine - perspectives on technology, power and society or Life's Philosophy and Modernity).

Module 3
Alternative A: Interdisciplinary Essay Writing in Sustainable Development, 7.5 credits
In a group or individually, the student writes a longer essay with an interdisciplinary approach, on an issue related to the environment and development. Knowledge of methodology is deepened and during the course the student's ability to - critically, individually and creatively identify and formulate a scientific inquiry, plan and conduct a scientific investigation as well as orally and in writing discuss inferences and arguments that constitute the essay - is improved. The work in this module should lead to some sort of presentation conducted outside of the academic community.

Alternative B: Sustainable Development - Project Course, 7.5 credits
Individually or in a group, the student creates and conducts a project that, in one way or another, aims to contribute to a sustainable development. The student comes up with a project proposal that is read and treated by an interdisciplinary reference group. When the project proposal has been approved, the student carries out the project with the support of a supervisor and the resource-base at Cemus. The project is worked on and improved at re-occurring seminars and presented in a project-report, as well as in a more external context.

Instruction

The teaching consists of lectures, debates, seminars, field trips and group projects and meetings with the instructor. The lectures are mainly held by guest lecturers from different academic fields.
The style of teaching stimulates and encourages active participation of the students.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Spring 2011

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Evernden, Neil The natural alien : [humankind and environment]

    2. ed.: Toronto: Univ. of Toronto Press, cop. 1993

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Kronlid, David Miljöetik i praktiken : åtta fall ur svensk miljö- och utvecklingshistoria

    Lund: Studentlitteratur, 2005

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Artikelkompendium

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Welzer, Harald Jakobsson, Jim Klimatkrig : varför människor dödar varandra på 2000-talet

    Göteborg: Daidalos, 2009

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Kurkiala, Mikael I varje trumslag jordens puls : om vår tids rädsla för skillnader

    Stockholm: Ordfront, 2005

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Tematisk fördjupning, en fördjupningsbok väljs i samråd med kursledningen kopplat uppsats, projektarbete eller PM.

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Artikelkompendium

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Naess, Arne; Haukeland, Per Ingvar Karlsson, Mona C. Livsfilosofi : ett personligt bidrag om känslor och förnuft

    [Ny utg.]: Stockholm: Natur och kultur, 2005

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Nye, David E. Technology matters : questions to live with

    Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2006

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Tematisk fördjupning, en fördjupningsbok väljs i samråd med kursledningen kopplat uppsats, projektarbete eller PM.

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Artikelkompendium

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Tematisk fördjupning, en fördjupningsbok väljs i samråd med kursledningen kopplat uppsats, projektarbete eller PM.

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Öberg, Gunilla Praktisk tvärvetenskap : tankar om och för gränsöverskridande projekt

    Lund: Studentlitteratur, 2008

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Utvald originallitteratur samt utdelat material.

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Tematisk fördjupning, en fördjupningsbok väljs i samråd med kursledningen kopplat uppsats, projektarbete eller PM.

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Öberg, Gunilla Praktisk tvärvetenskap : tankar om och för gränsöverskridande projekt

    Lund: Studentlitteratur, 2008

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Utvald originallitteratur samt utdelat material.

    Find in the library

    Mandatory