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

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A revised version of the syllabus is available.

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: 2019-02-12
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 30, 2019
  • Entry requirements: Participation in the first semester of the Master's Programme in Sustainable Development.
  • 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 discourse analysis as a tool 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.

Syllabus Revisions

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 51, 2020

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • 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

  • Montesano Montessori, Nicolina Critical policy discourse analysis

    Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, [2019]

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Flowerdew, John; Richardson, John E. The Routledge handbook of critical discourse studies

    London: Routledge, 2018

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

Reading list revisions