Syllabus for Sustainable Development: Worldviews and Visions - a Seminar Series

Hållbar utveckling - synsätt och visioner - en seminarieserie

A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1MV552
  • 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
  • Revised: 2016-09-15
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 37, 2016
  • 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:

  • understand different dimensions of Sustainable development on a local, regional and global scale;
  • critically relate to and value different definitions and indicators of Sustainable development;
  • define and evaluate ethical questions with relevance for sustainable development;
  • critically relate to and value different actors’ visions of a sustainable future and different strategies to attain a sustainable society.


The concept of Sustainable development: history, definitions, indicators and approaches. Sustainable development from an ecological, social and economical standpoint. Sustainable development on a local, regional and global scale. Personal and societal visions of a sustainable future; strategies and goals. Up-to-date environmental and developmental issues.


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).

Syllabus Revisions

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 38, 2016

  • Course Reader

    Find in the library


  • Dryzek, John S. The politics of the Earth : environmental discourses

    3. ed.: Oxford: Oxford University Press, cop. 2013

    Find in the library