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


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

General data

  • Code: MX023G
  • Subject/Main field: Environmental Science
  • Cycle: First cycle
  • Progression: (A)
  • Credits: 7.5
  • Progressive specialization: G1N - First cycle, has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
  • Answerable department: Natural science, Design, and Sustainable Development
  • Approved: 3/21/2012
  • Date of change: 2/17/2023
  • Version valid from: 8/15/2023


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 selection process 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

2001: Written exam, 7.5 Credits
Grade scale: Seven-grade scale, A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F. Fx and F represent fail levels.

Grading criteria for the subject can be found at www.miun.se/en/Student/Services/Grading-Criteria.

The examiner has the right to offer alternative examination arrangements to students who have been granted the right to special support by Mid Sweden University’s disabilities adviser.

Grading system

Seven-grade scale, A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F. Fx and F represent fail levels.

Other information

Urval till kursen sker enligt Högskoleförordningen och Mittuniversitetets antagningsordning.

Course reading

Required literature

  • Author: Johan Rockström, Owen Gaffney
  • Title: Breaking Boundaries : The Science of Our Planet
  • Edition: 2021
  • Publisher: Penguin Random House
  • Comment: 239 pp.
  • Author: Hedenus, F., M. Persson, F. Sprei
  • Title: Sustainable development : nuances and perspectives
  • Edition: 2022
  • Publisher: Studentlitteratur, Lund
  • Comment: Also available in Swedish: Hedenus, F., M. Persson, F. Sprei (2022). Hållbar utveckling : nyanser och tolkningar. Studentlitteratur, Lund.

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