Sustainable Economic Futures – Nature, Equity and Community, 15 credits

Spring 2023, 50%, Campus, Daytime

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Start date: 16 January 2023

End date: 4 June 2023

Application Deadline: 17 October 2022

Enrolment Code: UU-69518 Application

Language of Instruction: English

Location: Uppsala

Selection: Higher education credits (maximum 165 credits)

Registration: 15 December 2022 – 15 January 2023

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 32 500

Tuition fee, total: SEK 32 500

About the course

How could new sustainable economic systems be developed and how would they work? How could different local sustainable economic initiatives from around the world serve as inspiration for the future? How could different economic transactions and activities be remade to improve human and natural communities and mitigate climate change emissions?

The course starts off in a broad theoretical, definitions and conceptual orientation where different interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research areas within ecological economics and environmental economics. These are combined with theoretical specialisations such as degrowth, steady-state economics, post-growth, with the aim to clarify and inspire how different sustainable economic systems on different levels can be shaped and implemented by different actors. This orientation also links questions concerning future economic systems with the sustainable development goals and other frameworks for sustainable development.

After this introductory part the course moves on to deepen the discussion and illustrate the ecological, resource, social and cultural conditions and foundations for a sustainable and just future economic system. This process combines systems thinking and an interdisciplinary understanding concerning how these conditions and foundations are connected and interact. The consequences of different future, sustainable economic systems are also investigated and analysed. The many perspectives, questions and discussions in the course give you a long list of areas to focus on in the project work that leads to a practical project.

Welcome to ‘Sustainable Economic Futures – Nature, Equity and Community’ 2023

Syllabus and reading list »

Hi all and welcome to Sustainable Economic Futures (SEF)! We are very eager to meet you all shortly and begin our journey together this spring semester! Throughout the course we will discuss what the purpose of the economy is and how new sustainable economic systems can be developed. We hope together we will have a fun semester where you are challenged and inspired by the complex problem of sustainability and the economy, and that by the end of the course you will have the tools and knowledge to reflect on these issues and make your own proposals for sustainable economic futures.

Below you will find a welcome letter with essential information about the course, a preliminary course schedule, literature overview and examination overview. As the course begins, we will predominantly be using Studium for communication.

Course info & schedule


  • Literature overview
  • Literature compendium, which includes reading and preparation for each session is available on Studium on each session’s module.



Please reach out if you have any questions, we look forward to meeting you soon!

Jelmer and Aster