Syllabus for Sustainable Development: Project Management and Communication

Hållbar utveckling - projektledning och kommunikation


  • 15 credits
  • Course code: 1MV074
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Sustainable Development G2F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2016-03-10
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2022-02-10
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2022
  • Entry requirements: 60 credits
  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Learning outcomes

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

  • thoroughly describe a delimited part of the sustainability challenge;
  • plan, carry out and present a project work that applies theoretical knowledge and contributes to a sustainable development;
  • demonstrate good ability to work independently;
  • account for and evaluate the practical problems that can arise when working with projects;
  • account for and critically relate to the practical and ethical dilemmas that can arise when working for a sustainable development.


The course contains a planning phase that introduces sustainable development, the basics of project planning, working in groups and the ethical, practical problems that may arise in the work with the project. The students carry out a project work individually or in a group that in one way or another aims to contribute to sustainable development. The student comes up with a project proposal that is reviewed by an interdisciplinary reference group. When the project proposal is approved, the student runs his/her own project with the support of a contact person/supervisor and CEMUS as a resource base. The project is discussed during recurring seminars and presented in a project report and in some outreach context. The project will combine theoretical and practical skills with methodology. The project can focus on an area within or outside the university world. Focus is on critically discussing and presenting the project's results in both writing and speech.


The teaching consists of lectures, seminars and workshops, project work and project supervision. The lectures are given by guest lecturers from various academic disciplines and relevant areas of society. Ample opportunities are provided for active student participation and critical reflection. Participation in seminars and workshops is compulsory. Non-compulsory study visits or equivalent may occur.


The student is examined through written preparation for (3 credits) and active participation in seminars and workshops (3 credits), and through written documentation (8 credits) and oral presentation (1 credit) of an applied project work.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator.

Other directives

Active participation is reassessed through a re-seminar. If a student after having been offered a re-seminar still does not meet the requirements to pass the active participation elements the examiner can choose reassessment by another method.

Reading list

Reading list

A revised version of the reading list is available.

Applies from: Autumn 2022

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Chouinard, Yvon Let my people go surfing : the education of a reluctant businessman

    New York: Penguin Press, 2006

    Find in the library


  • Cross, Nigel Design thinking : understanding how designers think and work

    Oxford: Berg, 2011

    Find in the library


  • Stibbe, Arran The handbook of sustainability literacy : skills for a changing world

    Totnes, UK: Green Books, 2009.

    Find in the library


  • Digital reader on Studium

    Cemus, 2021

    I addition: 3-4 weekly articles and/or other learning materials will be made available on Studium


Reading list revisions

Last modified: 2022-04-26