Sustainability Challenges in Sweden, 7.5 credits

Autumn 2024, 25%, Campus, Evening

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Start date: 02 Sept 2024

End date: 19 January 2025

Application Deadline: 15 April 2024

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 described as a world leader in sustainable development, but on what basis? What are the sustainability challenges in Sweden, and is there anything that distinguishes Swedish initiatives for sustainability? How can various initiatives in the field of sustainability in Sweden be improved and revised through a critical review, discussion and process?

This course is designed to examine some of Sweden’s sustainability challenges, and the 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.

This course overlaps with the course Critical Perspectives on Sustainable Development in Sweden (1MV072) and cannot be used in the same degree.


The course is offered at CEMUS, the Centre for Environment and Development Studies, in a student-led educational model where students actively contribute to shaping the courses and their content, creating a student-centred learning environment.


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