KULT8123 - Miljømessig bærekraft og samfunnsmessig transformasjon

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Vurderingsordning: Oppgave
Karakter: Bestått/Ikke bestått

Vurderingsform Vekting Varighet Hjelpemidler Delkarakter
Oppgave 100/100

Faglig innhold

The course aims to provide PhD students with the concepts and tools to understand what environmental sustainability (ES) is, the kind of challenges it raises, the actors involved in such issues, and how we can initiate societal transformations towards this goal. The course will depart from the model of strong sustainability, i.e. the biosphere is considered to be a life-supporting system that restricts human activity. Consequently, the course will explore how this affects technological and scientific development, economic issues, policy-making and the organisation of society. First, students are introduced to ES with the UN's global sustainability goals (SDGs) as background and to the history of the concept of sustainable development, environmental concerns and the environmental movement. Second, the course will present the students with critical accounts of the concept of sustainability, including potential controversies between sustainability concerns and the conservation of nature. This includes an introduction to the concept of biodiversity and biodiversity policy as well as to environmental ethics. In addition, the course will engage with the challenges of providing measurements of sustainability and methods and approaches to assess the sustainability of industrial products and processes as well as human lifestyles (industrial ecology). Third, the course will provide an overview of theories and approaches to sustainability transitions. This includes a focus on green innovation, circular economy, and policy-making for sustainable energy, climate mitigation and urban sustainability. Finally, the course will prepare for the writing of individual essays, which together with participation in the course, forms the basis of formal approval of the course.


Knowledge: The candidate is able to document a good, critical understanding of the important dimensions and challenges of ES and the concept of sustainability, and how the SDGs can be used as a basis for strategies and actions for change. This includes insight into theories of sustainability transitions and the economic, political, social and ethical challenges involved in such changes. The candidate furthermore shows knowledge of the most relevant environmental systems tools and measurements/indicator methods. Finally, the candidate is able to recognise and reflect upon the political, social and ethical tensions associated with the design and implementation of measures towards sustainable development.

Skills: The candidate is able to formulate research questions related to environmental issues and sustainable development and to explain how theory and methodologies covered in the course can be applied in sustainability strategies. Additionally, the candidate shows a reflexive and inquisitive approach to the subjects of the course and is able to demonstrate and justify how the concepts and tools taught can be used in concrete research work and real-life problems.
General competence: The candidate is able to access distinctive pathways towards sustainable development while showing how and why it is appropriate to apply a multidisciplinary approach to sustainability. The candidate is familiar with the most relevant theoretical and practical frameworks regarding sustainable development and able to argue about their advantages and limitations.

Læringsformer og aktiviteter

The course is based on a mix of lectures, group work and student presentations, inviting active participation by the students. Students write individual essays that must be evaluated "Accepted" (equivalent to grade B or better) in order to pass the course.

Obligatoriske aktiviteter

  • Deltagelse

Mer om vurdering

The assessment is a written essay where the candidates demonstrate their understanding of theories and methods taught in the course and how it relates to their own discipline or a specific topic or practical application.

The essay requirements differ from KULT8124.

Spesielle vilkår

Vurderingsmelding krever godkjent undervisningsmelding samme semester. Obligatorisk aktivitet fra tidligere semester kan godkjennes av instituttet.


Selected scientific papers and reports.

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Versjon: 1
Studiepoeng:  5.0 SP
Studienivå: Doktorgrads nivå


Termin nr.: 1
Undervises:  VÅR 2021

Undervisningsspråk: Engelsk

Sted: Trondheim

  • Miljø- og ressursteknikk
  • Teknologi- og vitenskapsstudier
  • Miljøadministrative metoder, populasjonsdynamikk
  • Miljøledelse

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Vurderingsordning: Oppgave

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