SL2533 Strategic Sustainable Development

Programme course, 12,5 Higher education credits, Second cycle, autumn semester 2021

This course is part of a programme and cannot be applied.

The purpose of the course is for the student (1) to develop deepened knowledge about and understanding of society’s sustainability challenges and the basic reasons for these (2) to develop deepened knowledge about and understanding of a structuring and coordinating methodology for strategic sustainable development including its scientific foundations, and (3) to develop skills in applying the methodology and in critically reflecting upon it in relation to commonly cited concepts, methods and tools of relevance to strategic sustainable development.

Facts

  • Type of instruction: On campus, day, part-time 75%
  • Period : 2021-August-30 until 2021-October-31
  • Education level: A1N
  • Application: This course is part of a programme and cannot be applied.
  • Language of instruction: The language of instruction is English.
  • Location: Karlskrona
  • Main field of study: Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability
  • Course syllabus: Download
  • Welcome letter: This course is part of a programme and has no welcome letter.
  • Entry requirements: A Bachelor’s Degree or a professional qualification of 180 credits and English B.

Content

The course contains content related to:

  • Sustainability challenges such as climate change, reduced biological diversity, eutrophication, and reduced trust and increasing inequality in society.
  • A structuring and coordinating methodology for strategic sustainable development (FSSD).
  • Scientific foundations for ecological and social sustainability such as scientific laws, biogeochemical cycles, theories of human needs, social resilience and trust theory.
  • Research areas related to strategic sustainable development such as systems thinking, complex systems, economic theory and governance.
  • Concepts, methods and tools for analysis, assessment, reporting, follow-up and planning within the area of sustainability (such as ecological footprints, factor X, zero emissions, ISO 14001, planetary boundaries, etc.) and how they relate to the FSSD.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
On completion of the course the student will be able to:

  • Describe society’s sustainability challenges and their underlying causes.
  • Describe and reflect on the major components of a methodology for strategic sustainable development (FSSD).
  • Discuss scientific concepts relevant to Ecological Sustainability.
  • Discuss scientific concepts relevant to Social Sustainability
  • Reflect on the relevance of related disciplines in supporting a strategic shift towards a sustainable society.
  • Identify and describe different tools, methods and concepts within the field of sustainable development and compare and contrast how these relate to the FSSD.

Abilities and skills
On completion of the course the student will be able to:
  • Use the FSSD to structure and coordinate knowledge, concepts, methods and tools for analysis, assessment, and planning within the area of sustainability.

Judgment and approach
On completion of the course the student will be able to:
  • Assess and critically relate to different theories, concepts, methods and tools of relevance to strategic sustainable development.

Course literature and other teaching material

Robèrt K-H., Broman G., Waldron D., Ny H., Byggeth S., Cook D., Johansson L., Oldmark J., Basile G., Haraldsson H., MacDonald J., Moore B., Connell T., Missimer M., Johnson, P. and Daly, E., Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Karlskrona, Sweden, 2015.

Compendium with articles and other material.

Course literature and other teaching material

Robèrt K-H., Broman G., Waldron D., Ny H., Byggeth S., Cook D., Johansson L., Oldmark J., Basile G., Haraldsson H., MacDonald J., Moore B., Connell T., Missimer M., Johnson, P. and Daly, E., Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Karlskrona, Sweden, 2015.

Compendium with articles and other material.

Learning methods

The teaching in the course includes lectures, workshops, supervision, group dialogues, individual project assignments, group works and reflection individually and in groups. The lectures introduce theories, concepts, methods and tools. These are deepened, applied, integrated and reflected upon through the other learning items. Teachers with many different scientific backgrounds, professional experience and perspectives take part in the course. The students’ different educational backgrounds, professional experiences and cultural backgrounds are also taken advantage of in the learning process. They are trained in receiving and giving criticism from many different perspectives. Supervised group dialogues aim at cross-fertilization of the individuals’ different expertise and experiences.

Work placement

No work placement is included in the planned learning activities. BTH is aiming for a close contact with the surrounding community when developing courses and programmes.

Teachers

Examiner
  1. Göran Broman
Course Manager
  1. Elaine Daly

Time allocation

On average, a student should study 334 hours to reach the learning outcomes.
This time includes all the various available learning activities (lectures, self studies, examinations, etc.).
This estimation is based on the fact that one academic year counts as 60 ECTS credits,
corresponding to an average student workload of 1 600 hours. This may vary individually.

Assessments

Component examinations for the course
Code Title ECTS credits Grade
1710 Take-home examination 3.5 A-F
1720 Written assignments 5 A-F
1730 Project assignment 4 G-U

Grading

The course will be graded A Excellent, B Very good, C Good, D Satisfactory, E Sufficient, FX Insufficient, supplementation required, F Fail.

Exams

More information about exams are found in the Student's Portal, where you also enrolls for most exams.


There might be other scheduled examinations. Information regarding these examinations are available in the learning platform Canvas or at other places that the person who is responsible of the course will refer to.

Course Evaluation

The course manager is responsible for the views of students on the course being systematically and regularly gathered and that the results of the evaluations in various forms affect the form and development of the course.

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