Critical Perspectives on Sustainable Development in Sweden, 7.5 credits

Autumn 2019

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Two Course Books (all material are available on Studentportalen):

  • Use and Misuse of Nature’s Resources: An Environmental History of Sweden (2009, by Naturvårdsverket)
  • Sustainable Modernity: The Nordic Model and Beyond (2018, by Witoszek, N. & Midtunn, A.)
  • Course Reader Index

Assignment Instructions

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Lecture Material

  • Relevant lecture material will be uploaded on Studentportalen.

Welcome to the course ‘Critical Perspectives on Sustainable Development in Sweden’ 2019!

A warm welcome to CEMUS and the course “Critical Perspectives on Sustainable Development in Sweden”. What does it mean to be sustainable and why has Sweden often been praised as the pinnacle of sustainability and green innovation? In this course, we take a step into our own environment and critically reflect on these perceptions compared to Sweden’s history, present issues and actions. The course encourages critical discussion and reflection concerning Swedish initiatives towards sustainable development. The course outline consists of a mixture of guest lectures given by different people from various science fields and seminars/workshops that are run by us, your course coordinators. Through discussions with your peers and guest lecturers, you will develop your framework for sustainable development, which can then be applied to other contexts.
We at CEMUS welcome you to our creative and challenging education. We hope that you will find your time here exciting, fulfilling, and inspiring.
If you have any questions, feel free to email us!


Autumn 2019, evening, 25 %, Campus

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Start date: 2 September 2019

End date: 19 January 2020

Application Deadline: 15 April 2019

Enrolment Code: UU-19506 Application

Language of Instruction: English

Location: Uppsala

Selection: Higher education credits (maximum 165 credits)

Entry Requirements: 60 credits

Fees: If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application or tuition fees. Formal exchange students will be exempted from tuition fees, as well as the application fee. Read more about fees.

Application Fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 16250

Tuition fee, total: SEK 16250

About the course

Sweden is often portrayed as a world leader within the sustainability field, but does Sweden live up to that image? Which Swedish examples can serve as inspiration and a model for sustainability on a global level?

Sweden has a positive image internationally, particularly when it comes to sustainable development. This course is designed to concretely examine this image of Sweden by taking a closer, critical look at how Sweden has worked with sustainable development historically and how well current initiatives can serve as a model for sustainability on a global level.

Through interaction with various academics and professionals, this course allows students to examine various sustainable development successes and failures in Sweden from different perspectives. The various case studies and examples from Sweden problematise the environmental, economic, and social aspects of sustainable development. As such, this course challenges students to grapple with the highly contested concept of ‘sustainable development’, from the ecological, to the social and ethical aspects, and apply it to the Swedish context.

Discussions of Swedish examples also serve as inspiration in how we practically work with sustainability, along with learning from mistakes made in past and current policies.