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

Hållbar utveckling - synsätt och visioner - en seminarieserie


  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1MV501
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Sustainable Development A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G)
  • Established: 2007-03-15
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2018-08-30
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2019
  • Entry requirements:

    Bachelor's degree within science, technology or social science. Proficiency in English (see link: Eligibility requirements).

  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Learning outcomes

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

  • understand different dimensions of Sustainable development on a local, regional and global scale
  • critically relate to and analyse the history and development of the concept of Sustainable development
  • critically relate to and value different definitions and indicators of Sustainable development
  • critically relate to and value different actors' visions of a sustainable future and different strategies to attain a sustainable society


The concept of Sustainable development: history, definitions, indicators and approaches. Sustainable development from an ecological, social and economical standpoint. Sustainable development on a local, regional and global scale. Personal and societal visions of a sustainable future; strategies and goals. Up-to-date environmental and developmental issues.


The teaching will primarily take place through seminars. The seminars are held by the course coordinator in collaboration with lectures from different academic disciplines and other relevant areas of society. Great importance is given to active participation by the student, as well as reflection and critical challenging of own and others worldviews and values.


The students attain their credits through writing of papers and active participation at the seminars.

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 disability coordinator of the university.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2019

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Biofuels, land grabbing and food security in Africa

    London: Zed Books, cop. 2011

    Find in the library


  • Course Reader

    Find in the library


  • Graff, Gerald; Birkenstein, Cathy.; Durst, Russel K. "They say/I say" : the moves that matter in academic writing : with readings

    2. ed.: New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2011

    Find in the library


  • Higgins, Polly. Earth is our business : changing the rules of the game

    London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 2012

    Find in the library


Last modified: 2022-04-26