The focus of this semester is on environmental challenges and how sustainability science can address them. Students undertake case-work on sustainability work in theory and practice and assessing and analyzing environment issues, role-play exercises of international climate negotiations and practical skill training (GIS, modelling, environmental monitoring, etc).
Critical perspectives on sustainable development (7.5 credits)
The course presents an analytical and critical foundation from which one can approach sustainable development. Drawing on examples from past and present developments, the course exemplifies how any chosen event or situation is dependent on the interplay between natural and social processes. Case work in the course focuses on analyzing sustainability issues in a low-income rural context and helps students test their theoretical understanding.
Environmental and resource use challenges (7.5 credits)
The course focuses on current and emerging global challenges such as food, water and energy security and how these are linked to changes in resource use and consumption patterns. A sustainable development perspective brings forth the complexity inherent in the challenges that encompass multiple perspectives, goals and priorities.
Climate science and policy (15 credits)
The course is organized around two interlinked themes: climate change and biogeochemical processes and climate change policy and governance. Key course components address soil carbon storage, data analysis and climate change modelling as well as the political interpretation of and response to climate change at international and transnational levels.
This semester focuses on common theories and analytical approaches to environmental issues as well as applications for sustainable resource management.
Analytical frameworks in sustainability studies (15 credits)
The course is based on contemporary ideas of the roles of science, technology, politics and economics in the production of knowledge and practices for sustainable development. Students analyse how different scientific methods are designed, developed, presented and implemented in different kinds of research and practice traditions.
Sustainable resource management (15 credits)
Sustainability aspects of resource management in the areas of food, land, energy and water security are presented and critiqued. Hands-on decision-making tools and role-play exercises highlight the trade-offs and complexity of various management decisions of real world situations.
This semester starts with focus on the design of environmental studies to lay the foundation for the students’ theses as well as for their future professional work. The remaining time is devoted to specialisation courses, where we offer a range of options to deepen the students’ knowledge and skills in, for example, climate change visualisation, urban sustainability and water management. We also have unique courses where students work closely with senior teaching staff to train specific research skills.
Students can also perform an internship either in Sweden or abroad where they carry out a specific task which links to the activities of the chosen organisation and the students’ future professional interests. Besides these courses there are also possibilities for studies at other universities in Sweden or abroad.
Designing environmental studies in sustainable development, 7.5 credits
This course covers research design with a specific focus on the planning process of a Master’s thesis in Environmental Science. It includes methods for sampling and collection of data, analysis and presentation of results. Students exhibit their proposals in a public space through a poster event or oral presentation to elicit discussions with other students and teaching staff.
Specialisation courses covering 22.5 credits:
- Visualizing Climate Change, 7,5 credits
- Sustainability in the urban realm: city/neighbourhood/home, 7,5 credits
- Research skills in environmental science I, 7,5 credits
- Research skills in environmental science II, 7,5 credits
- Internship in Environmental Science, 7,5 credits
In the final semester students write their Master’s thesis. They select their thesis topic, research methods and forms of analysis in consultation with a thesis supervisor and the MSc programme coordinator.
Master's thesis, 30 credits