Syllabus for Global Challenges and Sustainable Futures

Globala utmaningar och hållbara framtider


  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 1MV071
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Sustainable Development G1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2016-03-10
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2019-02-14
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 27, 2019
  • Entry requirements: General entry requirements
  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Learning outcomes

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

  • from a multidisciplinary perspective account for the present sustainability challenge in a global context;
  • account for different causes to and possible solutions to the sustainability challenge in a specific city or region, and be able to relate these to global challenges within the sustainability field;
  • reflect and critically relate to his/her own role relating to the causes and solutions of the sustainability challenge;
  • evaluate and relate to different visions and ideas about what a sustainable future could entail.


The course gives a broad orientation to the complex sustainability challenge's. In a multidisciplinary lecture series with invited guest lecturers, the present day and future environment, development and sustainability problems, and suggestions for sustainable solutions are discussed and developed. Through case studies global challenges are related to local and regional sustainability challenges.


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 (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.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 27, 2019

  • Oreskes, Naomi; Conway, Erik M. The collapse of western civilization : a view from the future

    New York: Columbia University Press, 2014

    Find in the library


  • D'Alisa, Giacomo; Demaria, Federico; Kallis, Giorgos Degrowth : a vocabulary for a new era

    Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2014

    Available both as a hard copy and as a free PDF online.

    Find in the library


  • Course Reader

    An online compendium with 3-4 texts, videos, audio files and / or other learning material per week available through the course web page.

    Find in the library