Syllabus for Introduction to Sustainable Development

Introduktion till hållbar utveckling

A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1MV550
  • 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: 2017-03-09
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 30, 2017
  • Entry requirements: A bachelor degree, equivalent to a Swedish degree of at least 180 credits (i.e. three years of full-time study), within the natural sciences, technology, the social sciences, jurisprudence or the historical/philosophical subject areas.
  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Learning outcomes

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

  • use and critically relate to scientific literature according to different disciplinary and interdisciplinary traditions and work methods;
  • analyse and discuss scientific concepts and their field of use;
  • critically relate to and analyse the history and development of the concept of Sustainable development;
  • scientifically communicate in oral and written form, within and between different scientific areas.


The course gives a general introduction to theory and method studies, on Master's level, in relation to sustainable development, interdisciplinarity and systems oriented science. The course gives an introduction to general skills that will be beneficial during the programme and later in work life within the complex field of sustainable development.


Lectures, seminars and workshops. The lectures are given by guest lecturers from different academic disciplines and other relevant societal sectors. Active student participation, critical thinking and reflection are central parts of the course.


Students are examined through written preparation and active participation in seminars and workshops (2 credits) and trough presentation and documentation of group projects (3 credits).

Syllabus Revisions

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 22, 2018

  • Caradonna, Jeremy L. Sustainability : a history

    Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014

    Find in the library


  • Course Reader

    Find in the library


  • Raworth, Kate Doughnut economics - seven ways to think like a 21st-century economist

    Random House, 2017

    Find in the library