Course syllabus

Miljöfrågor i ett internationellt perspektiv
Environmental Issues

FMIF20, 7,5 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2013/14
Decided by: Education Board C
Date of Decision: 2013-04-15

General Information

Main field: Technology.
Elective for: E3, M4, MD4, MLIV1, Pi3
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


The student should, after the course, have acquired knowledge about international and global environmental issues from a sustainability perspective, knowledge about how these issues are viewed and managed in society, and knowledge about methods and instruments on the international arena for reducing environmental problems.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Be able to describe some international and global environmental issues, their local, regional and global dimensions/implications from several perspectives: natural sciences, technological and social.

Be able to describe the theoretical basis for the concept of sustainable development, and contribute to a critical discussion of the concept in concrete cases.

Be able to describe and discuss international politics and policy-making, and implementation of policies at national and local levels.

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Be able to summarize and evaluate scientific literature within the field of the course.

Be able to formulate a relevant study problem that is followed up in an analysis.

Be able to write a well-structured paper in English, with a satisfactory use of relevant sources.

Be able to independently gather and critically evaluate information.

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

Be able to identify and discuss environmental ethics issues.


The focus is on international and global environmental issues, related to sustainable development. The issues are presented in lectures and/or seminars and through the literature: the concept of sustainable development, environmental history; climate change; environmental impacts in connection with the use of natural resources; energy issues. Other aspects are consumption patterns and the environment, environmental economics, the role of international institutions, policy making, cultural and ethical aspects on environment and sustainable development

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Written and oral individual assignments during the course, including a book review; a small project is carried out in groups and presented in a paper, which is discussed at a seminar. In order to obtain a passing grade on the projects paper, the students should communicate during the working process. A written exam. The final grade of the course is based on the results of the project paper (40%) and on the exam (60%). Participation in seminars, exercises and study visits is mandatory.


Required prior knowledge: Minimum 105 ECTS credits.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: FMIF10, FMIF15

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Charlotte Malmgren,
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