Critical Perspectives on Sustainable Development in Sweden, 7.5 credits

Autumn 2018 weeks 36-03 (early September – mid-January) – evening – 25% – Campus

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Application Deadline: 2018-04-16

Enrolment Code: UU-19506

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 portrayed as a world leader within the sustainability field, but does Sweden live up to that image? Which Swedish examples can serve as inspiration and a model for sustainability on a global level?

Sweden has a positive image internationally, particularly when it comes to sustainable development. This course is designed to concretely examine this 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 students 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 students to grapple with the highly contested concept of ‘sustainable development’, from the ecological, to the social and ethical aspects, and apply it to the Swedish context.

Discussions of Swedish examples also serve as inspiration in how we practically work with sustainability, along with learning from mistakes made in past and current policies.

Autumn 2017

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Welcome to the course ‘Critical Perspectives on Sustainable Development in Sweden’ 2017!

Hello and welcome to the course!
We, Caroline and Lilly, course coordinators for this course, are really excited for the start of the semester, and we hope you are too.
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Warmly welcome to the course!
Caroline and Lilly



Sweden has often been hailed as the portrait of sustainability and green innovation. In this course, we will explore how these perceptions compare to Sweden’s history, present issues and actions. The course encourages critical discussion and reflection concerning Swedish initiatives towards sustainable development. Through discussions with your peers and guest lecturers, you will develop your own framework for sustainable development which can then be applied to other contexts.

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