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Environmental Science MA, Integrated Environmental Assessment, 7.5 Credits

General data

Code: MX022A
Subject/Main field: Miljövetenskap
Cycle: Second cycle
Credits: 7.5
Progressive specialization: A1N - Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
Answerable department: Ecotechnology and Sustainable Building Engineering
Answerable faculty: Faculty of Science, Technology and Media
Date of change: 2/13/2017
Version valid from: 8/28/2017


To transform the world towards a future society that can be sustained within planetary boundaries requires an integrated assessment of the situation of today, environmentally and socially - the drivers and pressures on environmental and social systems, impacts from changes and human responses to the situation. This course introduces integrated environmental assessment for this purpose. The course also deepens the understanding of the dynamics of human-environmental systems and how systems understanding can help untangle the sometimes ‘wicked problem’ of sustainable development.

Course objectives

After completion of this course the student should be able to:
1. Demonstrate understanding of complex interaction within the human-environment system
2. Demonstrate insights into the variety of perspectives on sustainable development and sustainability science and the variety of contexts for its design, implementation and evaluation in particular situations
3. Analyze reasons for slow societal action through applying Integrated Environmental Assessment tools such as the D-P-S-I-R framework
4. Apply systems thinking and systems modeling to approach wicked problems (as e.g. moving the human society toward sustainable development).
5. Identify and process scientific resources of information and demonstrate scientific communication skills.


The course is an introduction to advancements within Sustainability Science and focuses on tools for Integrated Environmental Assessment to support decision making for sustainable development within societies.

Entry requirements

Degree of Bachelor of at least 180 Credits (180 ECTS) or equivalent, with at least 30 Credits (30 ECTS) in Environmental Science, Environmental Technology or Environmental Engineering.

Selection rules and procedures

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

Teaching form

The course is based on lectures, seminars, assignments, and field trips. Tuition is both campus-based and web-based, participation in field trips is mandatory for all students. All course activities are performed in English.

Examination form

A written test will be given at the end of the course.

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

Author: Bert J.M. de Vries
Title: Sustainability Science
Edition: 2013
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Author: Sven Erik Jørgensen, Joao Carlos Marques, Søren Nors Nielsen
Title: Integrated Environmental Management: A Transdisciplinary Approach
Edition: 2015
Publisher: CRC Press

Reference literature

Author: Graedel, T.E. and B.R. Allenby
Title: Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Engineering.
Edition: 2010
Publisher: Pearson Education

Author: Middleton, Nick
Title: The global casino: an introduction to environmental issues
Edition: 2013
Publisher: Hodder Education

Scientific papers, reports and other material may be used in the course.

Other information

Examination by this curriculum must be made within one year of registration on the course. A student which have not passed within this time should contact the examiner. The student are assumed themselves to be responsible for the costs of travel, food and accommodation during the field trips.