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: 1MV553
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Sustainable Development A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2016-03-10
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2016
  • Entry requirements:

    Completed first semester in the Master Programme in Sustainable Development

  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Learning outcomes

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

  • show cross disciplinary understanding of different views of Sustainable development and different ideologies in the field of environment and development;
  • 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;
  • use discourse analysis as a tool to understand the debate and practical applications of the concept of Sustainable development;
  • critically relate to 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 consists of guest lectures, seminars and workshops. The lectures are given by guest lecturers from different academic disciplines and other relevant societal sectors. The teaching method is based on active student participation and critical thinking.


Students are examined through written papers and active participation in seminars and guest lectures (5 credits).

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Spring 2019

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

Reading list revisions

Last modified: 2022-04-26