Sustainable Development: Worldviews and Visions - a Seminar Series

5 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 1MV501

Education cycle
Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Sustainable Development A1N
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (G)
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 30 August 2018
Responsible department
Department of Earth Sciences

Entry requirements

Bachelor's degree within science, technology or social science. Proficiency in English (see link: Eligibility requirements).

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 analyse the history and development of the concept of Sustainable development
  • critically relate to and value different definitions and indicators of 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 will primarily take place through seminars. The seminars are held by the course coordinator in collaboration with lectures from different academic disciplines and other relevant areas of society. Great importance is given to active participation by the student, as well as reflection and critical challenging of own and others worldviews and values.


The students attain their credits through writing of papers and active participation at the seminars.

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 disability coordinator of the university.