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

Hållbar utveckling - synsätt och deras diskurser - en seminarieserie

A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1MV502
  • 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: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2007-03-15
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2009
  • Entry requirements:

    Completed first semester in the Master Programme in Sustainable Development

  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Learning outcomes

After finishing the course the student shall:

- be able to show cross disciplinary understanding of different views of Sustainable development and different ideologies in the field of environment and development;

- be able to critically analyse controversies, similarities and disagreements in the sustainability debate by deriving different standpoints from presumptions and views on humans, nature, development, technology and economy;

- be able to use discourse analysis as a tool to understand the debate and practical applications of the concept of Sustainable development;

- have developed a personal attitude towards his/her own role regarding causes and solutions in the field of Sustainable development.


Ideologies and views within the sustainability debate: assumptions regarding humanity, development, technology and economy. Application if discourse analysis as tool. Case studies. In-depth analysis/discussions concerning ethical and philosophical perspectives on sustainable development.


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.

Syllabus Revisions

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Spring 2015

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Gardiner, Stephen M. A perfect moral storm : the ethical tragedy of climate change

    New York: Oxford University Press, 2013

    Find in the library


  • Global Disorders – a New Global Order?

    Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, 2014

    Development Dialogue no. 62


  • St. Clair, Jeffrey Born under a bad sky : notes from the dark side of the earth

    Petrolia, Calif.: CounterPunch, 2008

    Find in the library


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