Syllabus for Sustainable Economic Futures: Nature, Equity and Community

Hållbara ekonomiska framtider - natur, rättvisa och samhälle


  • 15 credits
  • Course code: 1MV083
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Sustainable Development G2F

    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: 2019-03-07
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 27, 2019
  • Entry requirements: 60 credits
  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Learning outcomes

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

  • summarise and reason on central theories, concepts, definitions regarding sustainable economic systems in relation to contemporary and future sustainability challenges;
  • account for and critically relate to how different economic sustainable systems can be designed and realised at different levels and by different actors;
  • from an interdisciplinary system perspective account for the ecological, economic and social conditions and the foundations of a sustainable economic system;
  • apply an ethical and justice perspective on practical issues concerning the design and implementation of future sustainable economic systems;
  • evaluate and analyse the consequences of various proposals for future economic systems in a larger sustainability context;
  • communicate in writing and orally questions concerning sustainable economic systems;
  • initiate, plan, implement and evaluate a delimited project work within the course area.


The course covers a broad theoretical, conceptual and definition orientation where various inter- and multidisciplinary research areas within ecological economics and environmental economics, as well as theoretical orientations, aim to exemplify how sustainable economic systems at different levels can be designed and implemented by different actors. This orientation also links issues related to future economic systems with the global sustainability goals and other frameworks for sustainable development. The course then goes on to deepen the discussion and shed light on the ecological, resource-based, social and cultural conditions and the foundations for a sustainable and equitable future economic system. This process combines system thinking and an interdisciplinary understanding of how these conditions and foundations are connected and interact. The consequences of various future, sustainable economic systems are also being investigated and analysed. The course's many perspectives, questions and discussions give the student a wide range of areas to focus on in the project work.


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.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 51, 2019

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Digital Compendium Online SEF

    CEMUS, 2020

    An online compendium with 3-4 texts, videos, audio files and/or other learning material per week available at


  • Burkhart, Corinna; Schmelzer, Matthias; Treu, Nina Degrowth in movement(s) : exploring pathways for transformation

    Winchester: Zero Books, 2020

    Find in the library


  • Raworth, Kate Doughnut economics - seven ways to think like a 21st-century economist

    Random House, 2017

    Find in the library


  • Shotwell, Alexis Against purity : living ethically in compromised times

    Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016

    Find in the library