Syllabus for Global Challenges and Sustainable Futures

Globala utmaningar och hållbara framtider

A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 1MV010
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Sustainable Development G1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G)
  • Established: 2007-03-15
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Spring 2008
  • Entry requirements: General entry requirements
  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences
  • This course has been discontinued.

Learning outcomes

The course aims to provide interdisciplinary knowledge of environment and development issues, as well as possible sustainable responses to global challenges. The course encourages ethical responsibility and stimulates understanding of the connections between local and global problems and solutions.


What are the challenges facing humanity today and in the future? How can we create and rediscover sustainable ways of living on this planet? With climate change, water scarcity, energy depletion, social injustice, war and other problems facing the world today, there is a growing need for sustainable alternatives. This course connects lectures that describe the severity of the problems and seminars that discuss the possible sustainable solutions to those problems. Students will get the opportunity to link global challenges to their own local and cultural backgrounds.


Lectures in evenings once a week, including questions and discussion. The lectures are complemented by seminars where the students reflect in smaller groups.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2007

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

Last modified: 2022-04-26