Syllabus for Introduction to Sustainable Development

Introduktion till hållbar utveckling


  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1MV550
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Sustainable Development A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2017-03-09
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2022-02-07
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2022
  • Entry requirements:

    A Bachelor's degree of at least 180 credits. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.

  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Learning outcomes

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

  • critically relate to disciplinary and interdisciplinary traditions and work methods;
  • critically relate to and analyse the history and development of the concept of Sustainable development;
  • problematise complexity and sustainable development through a critical analysis of different actors' norms and perspectives


The course provides a general introduction to theory and method at an advanced level in relation to sustainable development, interdisciplinarity and system-oriented science. The course gives an introduction to general skills that will be useful during the program within the complex area of sustainable development. The course also includes an introduction to equal opportunities with respect to the discrimination act.


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 (1 credit) and active participation in seminars and workshops (1 credit), and through written documentation (2.5 credits) and oral presentation (0.5 credits) 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.

  • Redclift, M. R.; Springett, Delyse Routledge international handbook of sustainable development

    Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY: Routledge, 2015


    Please read chapters 1, 4, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 25, 26, 27, 28.

    Find in the library


  • Course Reader

    Find in the library


Additional suggested (but not mandatory) reading

Additional suggested (but not mandatory) reading

  • Werlen, Benno Global sustainability : cultural perspectives and challenges for transdisciplinary integrated research

    Cham: Springer, 2015

    Chapters: From Local to Global, From Knowledge Co-production…, Integrated Approach, Could the Search for Sustainability…, Political Decision-making

    Find in the library

  • Caradonna, Jeremy L. Routledge handbook of the history of sustainability

    Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2018

    Tillgänglig för användare inom Uppsala universitet

    Chapters: 3, 8, 11, 12, 19.

    Find in the library

Reading list revisions

Last modified: 2022-04-26