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Sustainability science I

Explore the challenges of sustainability, together with leading scholars and practitioners. This course lays the foundations of sustainability, presents key debates, and explores ways forward, with a particular emphasis on business and sustainable development.

Antarctic penguins standing on a rocky shore
Photo by Lisen Schultz

In this course you will learn from sustainability scientists who are elaborating different aspects and frontiers in sustainability science, including if and how businesses engage in sustainable development . You will also meet guest speakers who are working at the interface of sustainability science and business practice. You will learn about what sustainability means, the history of this concept and how it has influenced international policy and business practice. You will explore cases that illuminate key aspects of sustainability and illustrate different theories of how to shift corporate actions towards more sustainable practices. You will learn about the key debates in sustainability and business and develop a capacity to engage with them and make well-informed arguments.

  • Course structure


    The course consists of two parts:

    • The biosphere and humankind, 10 credits
    • Corporations and sustainable development in the Anthropocene, 5 credits

    Teaching format

    We mix different teaching formats to make the most of your learning experience - including lectures and seminars, group work and projects, and field trips.

    Learning outcomes:

    Upon completion of the course, students are expected to be able to:

    1) Demonstrate basic understanding of

    • how humans and corporations depend on and influence the biosphere
    • major sustainability challenges and their social and ecological dimensions
    • what sustainability science is and its historical development

     2) Describe and discuss how different sustainability challenges have implications at different levels and scales

    3) Communicate in inter- and transdisciplinary contexts

    4) Analyze a set of responses to a particular sustainability challenge and critically reflect on their strengths and limitations.


    We assess knowledge based on written home exams and seminar activity.


    Lisen Schultz


  • Contact

    Student office
    Study counsellor at bachelor's level