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Critical Perspectives on Sustainable Development - 746A80

Environmental Science
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The course is an introduction to sustainable development as a political idea and an analytical concept, and develops an understanding of the role of science and technology by relating it to environmental issues and social change.
Drawing on past and present developments in nature/society the course exemplifies how any chosen event or situation is dependent on the interplay between natural and social processes. The knowledge and perspectives developed in different academic and cultural environments is used as a background for the structure of the programme. In this context the students also develop the academic skills of referencing, analysis, and critical evaluation.


After completion of the course, the student should on an advanced level be able to:
- describe and analyze the histories and different conceptualizations of the sustainable development concept,
- illustrate the complexity involved in creating scientific knowledge and technology for sustainable development, including ethical aspects connected to power asymmetries,
- analyze a case study from a sustainability perspective, identify problems, apply relevant theories, and reflect on the outcomes.

Module level: Advanced

Degree level: Master

Language: English

Study mode: Campus based

SDG11 Theme: Circular economy, Energy and Sustainablity

ECTS: 7.5

Semester: Autumn 2022

Starting date: August 22, 2022

Finishing date: September 23, 2022

Enrollment period: Autumn period 15/3 - 19/4

Additional Info: 

Programme course

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree/kandidatexamen (equivalent for example a professional degree) of at least 180 ECTS credits, including a 15 ECTS credit degree paper or equivalent. Relevant background is studies within natural science, social science, health science, humanities or engineering that relate to the environmental, social or economic aspects of sustainable development.

Documented knowledge of English equivalent to Engelska B/Engelska 6.

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Linköping University

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