Master Programme in Sustainable Development

Autumn 2018

To apply to the programme go to, also see programme info at Masterprogram i hållbar utveckling 2018/2019. For questions please contact study counselor Amanda Johnson at Note that the programme is not coordinated by CEMUS.

Sustainable Development – Worldviews and Discourses – A Seminar Series 2018

Spring 2018 weeks 03-11 (15 January – 18 March) – day time – 33% – Campus

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Application Deadline: 2017-10-16

Enrolment Code: UU-69519

Language of Instruction: English

Location: Uppsala

Selection: Guaranteed admission/given within MSD-programme

Entry Requirements: Completed first semester in the Master Programme in Sustainable Development

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 14500

Tuition fee, total: SEK 14500

About the course

This course takes the discussion around the environment, development and sustainability to the next level. Ideas and assumptions regarding humanity, development, technology and economy will be explored and analyzed in regards to how they influence ideologies and views within the sustainable development debate. Throughout this course, the students will apply discourse analysis as a tool to further understand the controversies, similarities and disagreements within the field. In-depth analysis and discussions concerning ethical and philosophical perspectives on sustainable development will be explored. The teaching and learning will take take place through a combination of lectures, seminars and student-led sessions which, together, are articulated into a co-creative process of learning and teaching. The seminars are held by the course coordinators in collaboration with lectures from different academic disciplines and other relevant areas of society. Great importance is given to active participation by the student, as well as reflection and critically challenging of one own’s and other’s worldviews and values. The students attain their credits through writing of papers, active participation and in-class presentations at the seminars.

Spring 2018

Schedule & Course Info




Read more about the programme and how to apply at

About CEMUS programme courses

The courses are built upon active student participation and a co-creative process of learning and teaching. You can read more about CEMUS educational model at and Uppsala University’s guidelines for students and teachers “Teaching and Learning at Uppsala University”. The master programme is administrated by the Department of Earth Sciences at Uppsala University in collaboration with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SLU.

Introduction to Sustainable Development, 5 credits
The course is given August 28 to September 15, three full time weeks. The course focuses on introducing sustainability, and different challenges in working in an interdisciplinary environment.

Learning outcomes from the course syllabus. On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • use and critically relate to scientific literature according to different disciplinary and interdisciplinary traditions and work methods;
  • analyse and discuss scientific concepts and their field of use;
  • critically relate to and analyse the history and development of the concept of Sustainable development;
  • scientifically communicate in oral and written form, within and between different scientific areas.


Sustainable Development – Worldviews and Visions – A Seminar Series, 5 credits, and Sustainable Development – Worldviews and Discourses – A Seminar Series, 5 credits

The two seminar series courses critically examines the concept and idea of Sustainable Development, and consists of several different seminars (September-December and March-May) during which we will discuss a variety of topics together. We will also be visited by guest lecturers from different academic fields.

Learning outcomes from the syllabus for the autumn course. On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • understand different dimensions of Sustainable development on a local, regional and global scale;
  • critically relate to and value different definitions and indicators of Sustainable development;
  • define and evaluate ethical questions with relevance for sustainable development;
  • critically relate to and value different actors’ visions of a sustainable future and different strategies to attain a sustainable society

Autumn 2017

Contact us with your questions at or Questions concerning the programme in general should be sent to the study counsellor at

Introduction to Sustainable Development, 5 credits

Dear all,

Warm welcome to all of you to have made it to Uppsala already and we look froward to meet you all next week.

This is a reminder for the following administrative items that you might have missed:

– Next week monday :  If you want to guarantee a spot on the programme, make sure to come to the Roll Call for the programme at 10:15 in Hambergsalen, Geocentrum which will also include a Programme introduction. There will also be an optional welcome fika at 9am in the CEMUS library, Geocentrum (Villavägen 16, 752 36 Uppsala) where a programme reprensatative will be present.
-This is also a reminder to hand-in assignment 1 before tomorrow, Wednesday 23rd August, at 23:59. It came to our attention that the initial email was faulty and we would therefore need you to send your poster to the following address: We will print the poster for you to present, in small groups, to your peers during the scheduled session on Monday 28th August in the afternoon.

Do not hesitate to contact us would you have any further questions about the course or the programme.

Andrew & Jesse


Hej MSDers,

Warm Welcome to the first course of the Master Programme in Sustainable Development.
This place will be the platform where we will posts information, readings & links that relate to the course and to our class discussions. This will be used the first few weeks of the semester and we will slowly move to Uppsala University’s Student Portal once you have all received your login details.

In the meantime, don’t hesitate to contact us would you have any questions ( or about the course.

Welcome to the Programme !

Andrew & Jesse

Sustainable Development – Worldviews and Visions – A Seminar Series, 5 credits

Schedule & Course Info



  • Examination will be posted during the course on Student Portalen


Latest Updates…

The Course will start on Thursday 21st September 2017.