Master Programme in Sustainable Development

Spring 2019

Worldviews and Discourses, 5 credits

Schedule and Course Info



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.

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.

A warm welcome to all of you to have made it to Uppsala already and we look froward to meeting you all in September!

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

  • All relevant information about registration can be found at
  • For all International students, you also need to register your position by following the information on this link Additionally, there is an information and registration desk on Monday27st August from (further info will be sent in August via Amanda Johnson) in Hamberg lecture hall, Geocentrum, Villavägen 16. A map to the location can be found here:
  • A mandatory (for all students) course introduction and roll call will kick-off the semester on Monday 3rd September, from 9:15 in Hambergsalen, Geocentrum.
  • Please check the required reading material for the Introduction course, which is attached to this email along with the schedule (which indicates mandatory sessions). Copies of the course books can be found in the CEMUS library and at Geo Centrum library.

Do not hesitate to contact if you have any further questions about the course or the programme ( or

Best wishes,

Andy & Dani

Autumn 2018

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



Worldviews and Visions, 5 Credits

Schedule & Course Info


  • Raworth, K. 2017. Doughnut Economics. Random House Business Books: London.
  • Dryzek, J.S., 2013. The politics of the earth: Environmental discourses. Oxford university press.
  • Literature List


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