Syllabus for Global Challenges and Sustainable Futures

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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
  • Revised: 2010-04-28
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2010
  • Entry requirements: General entry requirements
  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences
  • This course has been discontinued.

Learning outcomes

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

  • from a multidisciplinary perspective account for the present sustainability challenge in a global context;
  • account for different causes to and possible solutions to the sustainability challenge in a specific city or region, and be able to relate these to global challenges within the sustainability field;
  • reflect and critically relate to his/her own role relating to the causes and solutions of the sustainability challenge.


The course gives a broad orientation to the complex sustainability challenge's. In a multidisciplinary series of lectures with invited guest lecturer, the most serious environment and development problems of today are described. In the form of seminars, proposed sustainable solutions to these problems are discussed and prepared. Through case studies global challenges are related to local and regional sustainability challenges. In exercises and group discussions, the students are encouraged to self-reflection and personal positions.


The teaching consists of lectures, seminars and group assignments. The lectures are given by guest lecturers from different academic disciplines and other relevant societal sectors. The course stimulates active student participation and self-reflection.


The examination consists of individual or joint group project work which are presented in oral and written form, and active participation in seminars.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2015

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Course Reader

    Find in the library


  • Oreskes, Naomi; Conway, Erik M. The collapse of western civilization : a view from the future

    New York: Columbia University Press, 2014

    Find in the library


  • Randers, Jorgan 2052 : a global forecast for the next forty years

    White River Junction, Vt.: Chelsea Green Pub., 2012

    Find in the library


Reading list revisions

Last modified: 2022-04-26