Syllabus for Introduction to Interdisciplinary Science

Introduktion till interdisciplinär vetenskap


  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1MV511
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Sustainable Development A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G)
  • Established: 2013-03-21
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2018-08-30
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 30, 2019
  • Entry requirements: A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish degree of at least 180 credits (i.e. three years of full-time study), within the natural sciences, technology, the social sciences, jurisprudence or the historical/philosophical subject areas. Proficiency in English (see link: Application and requirements for the programme).
  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Learning outcomes

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

  • gather and compile relevant scientific literature in printed and digital form;
  • use scientific literature according to different disciplinary and interdisciplinary traditions and work methods;
  • define and evaluate ethical questions with relevance for sustainable development;
  • analyse scientific concepts and their field of use;
  • scientifically communicate in spoken and written form, within and between different scientific areas.


The course intends to give a general introduction to theory and method studies, on an advanced level, in relation to sustainable development, interdisciplinarity and systems oriented science. It also gives an overview of the content and structure of the Master's programme in sustainable development. The course gives an introduction to general skills that will be beneficial during the programme and later in work life within the complex field of sustainable development.


Guest lectures, seminars, workshops and supervision with focus on communication and interaction between teachers and students.


Oral and written presentations. Preparations before seminars and active participation in 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: week 30, 2019

Some titles may be available electronically through the University 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


  • Jensen, Derrick Walking on water : on reading, writing, and revolution

    White River Junction, Vt.: Chelsea Green, 2004

    Find in the library


  • Öberg, Gunilla. Interdisciplinary environmental studies : a primer

    Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011

    Find in the library