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Schedule & Course Info
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
- Relevant lecture material will be uploaded on Studentportalen.
Welcome to the course ‘Critical Perspectives on Sustainable Development in Sweden’ 2019!
Autumn 2019, evening, 25 %, Campus
Start date: 2 September 2019
End date: 19 January 2020
Application Deadline: 15 April 2019
Enrolment Code: UU-19506 Application
Language of Instruction: English
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.