Syllabus for The Global Economy: Environment, Development and Globalisation

Den globala ekonomin - miljö, utveckling och globalisering

A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 15 credits
  • Course code: 1MV005
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Sustainable Development G1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G)
  • Established: 2007-03-15
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2010-04-28
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2010
  • Entry requirements:

    University studies 60 credits/equivalent

  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences
  • This course has been discontinued.

Learning outcomes

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

  • analyse different ways to measure development, poverty and welfare;
  • relate to historical and idea-historical perspectives on economic thinking and economic development;
  • critically analyse corporations role and societal responsibility from a global perspective;
  • reflexively highlight and discuss global power relations and apply a justice perspective on the sustainability challenge;
  • analyse the global economic system and its institutions, actors and trends from an transdisciplinary perspective;
  • from a multidisciplinary perspective compare and critically analyse the basic assumptions, explanatory models and proposed solutions of different economical theories in relation to the present sustainability challenge.


The course initially focuses on historical and idea-historical perspectives on economic thinking, economic theory and economic development. Attention is focused on giving the students basic knowledge in neoclassical theory, environmental economics and ecological economics. Likewise, views on nature and man within economical theories are discussed and in relation to this, the problem of measuring and evaluating, the relation between economical growth and the environment and the influence of the consumer society. Different dimensions and connections between development and under-development and between poverty and wealth are also highlighted. Attention is also given to global economic institutions, world trade, business, globalisation and societal responsibility.


Lectures, seminars, panel discussions and documentary screenings. The lectures are given by guest lecturers from different academic disciplines and other relevant societal sectors. Space is given to active student participation, critical thinking and reflection.


The student is examined through written assignments and active participation in seminars.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2014

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Course Reader

    Find in the library


  • Goodwin, Michael; Burr, Dan Economix : how our economy works (and doesn't work) in words and pictures

    New York: Abrams ComicArts, c2012

    Find in the library


  • Patel, Raj The value of nothing : how to reshape market society and redefine democracy

    New York: Picador, 2009

    Find in the library


  • Stiglitz, Joseph E Making globalization work

    1st ed.: New York: W.W. Norton, 2006

    Find in the library


  • Take Back the Economy : An Ethical Guide for Transforming Our Communities

    Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2013

    There is also a print version available.

    Find in the library

Reading list revisions

Last modified: 2022-04-26