Syllabus for Critical Perspectives on Sustainable Development in Sweden

Kritiska perspektiv på hållbar utveckling i Sverige

Syllabus

  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 1MV072
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Sustainable Development G1N

    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: 2022-02-10
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2022
  • Entry requirements: 60 credits
  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Learning outcomes

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

  • account for different actors' perspective on sustainable development in Sweden, and critically review their different definitions of and indicators of sustainable development;
  • account for and critically review the origin and development of the Swedish sustainability discourse, and conflicting conceptions of Sweden as a world leader within the sustainability field;
  • account for what characterises Swedish work and Swedish initiatives for sustainable development at the local, regional and international level;
  • critically relate to and evaluate Swedish actors' visions and solutions that aims at a sustainable future, and their different strategies to achieve a sustainable society in a global context.

Content

The course starts out with analysing and evaluating different dimensions of and perspectives on sustainable development in Sweden. On the basis of that starting point, the course highlights practical work for sustainable development and the societal/scientific debate concerning the subject. To deepen the understanding of the complex sustainability challenge the course provides a historical description of how sustainable development through time and space has been handled and interpreted in different Swedish contexts and by different Swedish actors. On the general level the course aims encourage to a critical discussion and reflection concerning Swedish actors' visions about a sustainable future, and their different strategies to achieve a sustainable society.

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 (2 credits) and active participation in seminars and workshops (1.5 credits), and through written documentation (3.5 credits) and oral presentation (0.5 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.

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.

  • Witoszek, Nina; Midttun, Atle Sustainable modernity : the Nordic model and beyond

    London ; New York: Routledge, 2018

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Bernes, Claes; Lundgren, Lars J. Naylor, Martin Use and misuse of nature's resources : an environmental history of Sweden

    Stockholm: Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, 2009

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Henriksson, Henrik; Weidman Grunewald, Elaine; Rockström, Johan Sustainability leadership : a Swedish approach to transforming your company, your industry and the world

    Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, [2020]

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Course Reader

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

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