Implementation Science and Sustainable Development I, 30 credits

Academic year 2021/2022

  • Autumn 2021, 100%, Campus

    Start date: 30 August 2021

    End date: 16 January 2022

    Application deadline: 15 January 2021

    Application code: UU-43100 Application

    Language of instruction: English

    Location: Uppsala

    Selection: Higher education credits (maximum 285 credits)

Entry requirements: A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. All applicants need to verify English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden ("English 6").


If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application or tuition fees. Formal exchange students will be exempted from tuition fees, as well as the application fee. Read more about fees.

Application fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 72,500

Tuition fee, total: SEK 72,500

About the course

Sustainable development is a transdisciplinary research field and policy area that not only embraces multiple perspectives and approaches to reconcile complex problems (wicked problems), but also recognizes the need for pedagogical and didactic principles (ESD, social learning, transformative learning), learning environments, sustainability competencies and social transformation.

Implementation science is a new and expanding field of research that focuses on the bridging of knowledge, policy and practice. With regards to sustainable development, this field explores how extended peer communities can enrich scientific inquiry and enhance the legitimacy of policy and practice. In the interplay of many kinds of knowledge from those considered as experts, from laypeople and from actors from different social, intersectional and cultural backgrounds; contested values and interests are surfaced, and views on what constitutes desirable, and implementable actions are diversified. "Good" implementation praxis can be attentive to those that are often marginalized, and through iterations of learning and doing, power asymmetries can be addressed within existing policies and practices.

The first part of the course provides the basics in sustainable development and implementation, and in the second part, the distorting and enabling role of structures and agency is examined from a power perspective.

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Department of Women's and Children's Health

MTC-huset, Dag Hammarskjölds väg 14B, 1 tr 752 37 Uppsala

Akademiska sjukhuset, 751 85 UPPSALA


Neil Powell