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Environmental Science BA (A), Sustainable Development - Introductory Course, 7.5 Credits

General data

Code: MX023G
Subject/Main field: Miljövetenskap
Cycle: First cycle
Progression: (A)
Credits: 7.5
Progressive specialization: G1N - First cycle, has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
Answerable department: Ecotechnology and Sustainable Building Engineering
Answerable faculty: Faculty of Science, Technology and Media
Established: 3/28/2007
Date of change: 8/13/2013
Version valid from: 9/1/2013


The course objective is that the student will obtain knowledge about the concept of Sustainable development from an Environmental Science perspective.

Course objectives

After completion of the course the student should be able to:
- describe the concept of sustainable development from an environmental science perspective.
- outline available methods for assessing sustainable development.
- give an overview of policy instruments to achieve sustainable development.
- demonstrate a systems understanding of the concept of Sustainable Development.


The course is an introduction to the field of Sustainable development

Entry requirements

The following course levels from Swedish Upper Secondary School (Gymnasium) or equivalent: Chemistry course A, Mathematics course C, and English course B.
Special proficiency in English can also be proven by for example the following international tests:
- TOEFL with a minimum score of 550 on paper based test and not below 4.0 on the TWE
- IELTS Academic Training with a minimum overall score of 6.0 and a minimum score on the specific parts of at least 5.0

Selection rules and procedures

The selectionprocess is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance and the local order of admission.

Teaching form

The teaching consists of lectures, seminars, field trips and various forms of exercises. Computer applications can occur. Students are assumed to be working in thematic and problem-based projects in groups with tasks of increasing difficulty. Some education may be compulsory.

Examination form

Most common, a written exam. Assignments and/or oral examination can occur.

Grading criteria for the subject can be found at

Grading system

The grades A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F are given on the course. On this scale the grades A through E represent pass levels, whereas Fx and F represent fail levels.

Course reading

Required literature

Elliot, Jennifer, An Introduction to Sustainable Development, Routledge, 2012, 9780415590730

Comment: 384 pp.

Karl-Henrik Robèrt et al., Sustainability Handbook, Lund, Studentlitteratur, 2012, 9789144075495

Comment: 204 pp.

Artiklar och kompendier kan tillkomma.

Other information

The student is expected to cover costs of travel, meals and accommodation during the field trips.
Urval till kursen sker enligt Högskoleförordningen och Mittuniversitetets antagningsordning.