Environmental Assessment

5 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 1HY042

Education cycle
Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Earth Science A1N, Sustainable Development A1N
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 3 November 2020
Responsible department
Department of Earth Sciences

Entry requirements

A Bachelor's degree. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.

Learning outcomes

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

  • describe the decision-making process with regard to environmental issues in the context of sustainable development
  • apply the environmental assessment cycle approach in identifying and resolving environmental problems
  • analyse the evaluation criteria used in environmental decision-making using available environmental data
  • evaluate the suitability of different approaches to decision support that provide strategies for addressing environmental problems and related societal issues, with an analysis of advantages and disadvantages from a multidisciplinary perspective.


Basic theory of science and methodology. The environmental assessment cycle as an organising principle for identifying environmental issues, suggesting different ways to address the issues, and following up progress towards those issues. Introduction to assessment methodologies including cost-benefit analyses and environmental quality criteria. Examples related to water and energy will be used. Students will conduct their own analysis of an issue and present it to their peers.


Lectures. Project work. Literature studies.


The course is graded based on the written and oral presentation of an individual project together with feedback that the student gives on the written assignments of other students.

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.