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Sustainability in education: a strategic mission

Even though the School already has a lot to offer students when it comes to courses and programmes in sustainability, these efforts are now intensified on a strategic level and extra resources are dedicated. The School will start by paying special attention to the educational programmes where all programme students should have a good understanding of the importance of sustainability considerations when graduating.

In order to prepare students, the future generation, to be responsible leaders the School’s strategy is to incorporate sustainability into all programmes. All departments already today conduct research, as well as offers courses that are addressing sustainability. For the School sustainability and CSR has been a key orientation for several decades, and the research in environmetal is among the largest in Europe. The school also has strong research environment in developing economcis. Read more in our newly released PRME-progress report.

A complete bachelor program in environment and sustainability
The social science environmental program at the School, started in 2001, is unique in its trans disciplinary approach with integration of social and environmental sciences. In this popular program, which was the first of its kind in Sweden, students can take advantage of the social science profile of the program while keeping the environmental competence. The various profiles offer a wide range of career opportunities.

This cross disciplinary programme provides environment expertise combined with a specific social science profile. It also provides knowledge and an ability to work in networks and clusters. By studying together with natural scientists, students get a broad understanding of environmental issues while specializing in one of five scientific profiles of which, environmental economics, environmental planning, and sustainable enterprise are given at the School. Most of the teaching is given in Swedish.


A variety of sustainability courses from undergraduate to graduate level
The School offers courses in sustainability within all departments. The courses below on undergraduate and graduate level have been identified as sustainability focused courses.

Undergraduate level  Academic credits
Policy evaluation 7,5
Development economics 7,5
Economic Geography I: Economic Globalization - Introductory Level 15
Economic Geography II: The Economy of Asia - Introductory level 15
Environmental Economics 7,5
Environmental Management 15
Geography – Risk, Vulnerability and Safety 15
The Food then and now: production, distribution and consumption 15
Nature and culture - global economic and environmental history 15
Theoretical Term with Family Law, Social Law and Environmental Law 30
Transports, Society and Environment 15



















Graduate level Academic credits
Environmental Effects and Conflicts in Long-run Economic Development  7,5
Business Ethics and Sustainability  7,5
Sustainable Management  7,5
Sustainable Marketing Management 7,5
Sustainable Landscapes - Interactions between environment and human activities  7,5
Why isn't the whole World developed?  7,5
Convergence and Divergence in the World Economy  7,5
Environmental law  15
Sustainable Logistics  7,5
Environmental Economics International Issues  7,5
Economic Evaluation  7,5

PhD Programme in Climate Economics
The unit of Environmental Economics gives a 4,5 year PhD programme open for students from developing countries. The program is financed by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the aim is to strengthen capacity in developing countries, and in particular the capacity to teach environmental and climate economics at university level and to establish a firm basis for research that can be used for policy advice.
More information about the programme.


Executive MBA
The School offers an Executive MBA, a management training program aimed directly at professionals. The program is given a part-time for 21 months and includes trips to China and India. The program includes a course in CSR and a course in developmental and environmental economics. Sustainability should also permeate the entire programme.

Page Manager: Mattias Sundemo|Last update: 4/19/2016

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