Introduction to Sustainability Science, 7.5 credits

About the education

Sustainability science is a problem focused trans-disciplinary research field. It draws from biology, social sciences, economics, geology and atmospheric sciences amongst others to fundamentally understand how humanity can develop activities and core values within a safe operating space of the planet.

In this course you will learn

The challenges of the Anthropocene

How humanity can reconnect to the biosphere To understand complex adaptive systems The tools of management and governance

All concepts are illustrated by conceptual explanations as well as woven into the narrative of well studied case studies.

This online course consists of a set of video and audio lectures with online quizzes for evaluation. During the course you will write 3 essays based on the content that will be graded.

The course is a part-time course (50%) given during the period January-March.

Subject: Biology

Biology means the study of life and living organisms including their structure, function, growth, origin, evolution, distribution, diversity, their interaction with their environment and their presence in time and space.

There are many subdivisions and topics within Biology such as: molecular biology, cell biology, microbiology, genetics, botany, zoology, ethology, faunistics, floristics and ecology.

An education in biology not only gives you basic knowledge in biology, but also an understanding of relationships between structure and function on various biological levels and it also gives you a grasp of the processes that control the evolution of the organism.

Biology is an experimental subject, meaning it alternates theoretical studies with practical exercises such as laboratory work and field trips. Examples of laboratory work include analyzing DNA molecules, producing bacteria or studying preparations of various tissues under a microscope. Dissections and experiments with living organisms are a part of an education in biology, however, an option without animal experiments within the zoology moments is also available.

You will be able to study animals and plants in their natural habitats as well as participate in practical ecological field work through different field trips and excursions. Stockholm University has access to three field stations located in interesting nature areas: Tovetorp in Södermanland, Askö in Trosa Archipelago and Tjärnö on the west coast of Sweden.

Area of interest: Science and Mathematics

Science and mathematics help us understand how the world around us is connected – from the origin and structure of the universe, to the development and function of humanity and all other organisms on earth.

Scientific knowledge makes it possible to critically examine the credibility of information in different areas of everyday life, society, and the media.

As a scientist or mathematician, you will be attractive on a large job market that covers all parts of society and includes everything from pure technology companies to environment and healthcare, as well as research.

Department responsible for education

Department of Biology Education