Critical Perspectives on Sustainable Development in Sweden, 7.5 credits

Autumn 2022, 25%, Campus, Evening

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Start date: 29 August 2022

End date: 15 January 2023

Application Deadline: 19 April 2022

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?

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 you 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 you to grapple with the highly contested concept of ‘sustainable development’, and apply it to the Swedish context.

Autumn 2022

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Three Books:

  • Use and Misuse of Nature’s Resources: An Environmental History of Sweden (By Naturvårdsverket)
  • Witoszek, N. & Midtun, A., (2020) Sustainable Modernity: The Nordic Modeland Beyond. Routledge. Open access:
  • Henriksson, H. & Grunewald, E.W. (2020). Sustainability Leadership: ASwedish Approach to Transforming your Company, your Industry and theWorld. Palgrave MacMillan. (Available in Library)
  • Elder, L. & Paul, R., 2008, “The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking: Concepts &Tools”.Open access:
  • Course Reader Index

Assignment Instructions

  • Group Presentations
    • Peer Review Instruction & Pecha Kucha Resources
  • Individual Assignment

Lecture Material

  • Relevant lecture material will be uploaded here

Welcome to the course ‘Critical Perspectives on Sustainable Development in Sweden’ 2022!

Hello and welcome to the course!
We, Joseph and Salman, course coordinators for this course, are really excited for the start of the semester, and we hope you are too.
Above you will find the links to important information about the course including schedule, syllabus, assignments, literature, etc. We will be updating it frequently so, keep an eye out!
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at: and
Warmly welcome to the course!
Joseph and Salman