On completion of the course, the student should be able to:
account for different actors' perspective on sustainable development in Sweden, and critically discuss their different definitions of and indicators of sustainable development;
account for and critically discuss the origin and development of the Swedish sustainability discourse, and conflicting conceptions of Sweden as a world leader within the sustainability field;
account for what characterises Swedish work and Swedish initiatives for sustainable development at the local, regional and international level;
critically relate to and evaluate Swedish actors' visions and solutions that aims at a sustainable future, and their different strategies to achieve a sustainable society in a global context.
The course starts out with analysing and evaluating different dimensions of and perspectives on sustainable development in Sweden. On the basis of that starting point, the course highlights practical work for sustainable development and the societal/scientific debate concerning the subject. To deepen the understanding of the complex sustainability challenge the course provides a historical description of how sustainable development through time and space has been handled and interpreted in different Swedish contexts and by different Swedish actors. On the general level the course aims encourage to a critical discussion and reflection concerning Swedish actors' visions about a sustainable future, and their different strategies to achieve a sustainable society.
The teaching consists of lectures, seminars and workshops. The lectures are given by guest lecturer from different academic disciplines. The teaching methods stimulate to active student participation.
The students are examined through written assignments/project work (4.5 credits) and active participation in seminars (3 credits).