English translation of course syllabus

Translation of the Swedish course syllabus

Sustainable development from different perspectives: individuals, organisations and social networks, 7.5 credits

(Hållbar utveckling ur individ- organisations och nätverksperspektiv, 7.5 högskolepoäng)

Course code 1058SL
Subject area Sociology
Main field of study Sociology
Progressive specialisation A1N (Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements)
Academic school School of Social Sciences
Disciplary domain Social sciences 100%
Grading scale AF
Education cycle Second-cycle (Master)
Language of instruction English
Valid from Autumn semester 2019


This course syllabus was validated by the Faculty Board for the Faculty Board for Social Sciences  at Södertörn University on 2018-12-06 according to the stipulations in the Higher Education Ordinance.

Entry requirements

Bachelor's degree including 90 credits in Social Sciences as the main field of study, and English 6/English B or equivalent

Learning outcomes

On completing the course, the student is able to:

  • broadly describe current research and theory formation on sustainable development from sociological, business economics, economics and psychological perspectives
  • broadly describe international agreements on sustainable development such as the UN Sustainability Goals (SDG, Agenda 2030)
  • broadly describe current research on models for sustainable social development in which social, economic and ecological sustainability goals are brought together
  • critically discuss and analyse sustainability using different social, economic and ecological perspectives at local, national and global levels
  • identify and critically analyse the responsibilities and capacity of different actors (individuals, organisations, social workers) vis-à-vis sustainable social development
  • critically reflect upon the use of methods common to the social sciences in the analysis of societal development vis-à-vis sustainability and resilience
  • critically reflect upon conflicts of interest and ethical dilemmas in the field of sustainable development

Course content, modules and examinations

The aim of the course is to introduce a social science perspective and analysis of dynamic interaction between individuals, organisations, society and ecological systems, focusing on how institutional structures affect conditions for social, economic and ecological sustainability. The course provides a broad introduction to sustainability, with practical exercises, the study of policy fields and contemporary research. The Master's student acquires basic and in-depth knowledge of the study and assessment of sustainability using a wide range of theoretical tools from the social sciences. During the course, the student deepens her or his understanding of societal challenges in terms of economic and social sustainability.

1001, Sustainable development from different perspectives, 7.5 credits

(Hållbar utveckling ur olika aktörsperspektiv, 7.5 högskolepoäng)

Grades permitted: AF

Course design

The teaching consists of lectures, seminars and group exercises, with an emphasis on independent literature studies and student activities.

Examination format

  • Individual written assignments
  • Participation in minor field studies and poster presentation
  • Seminar participation

Occasional missed seminars may, after consultation with the examiner, be compensated for through written assignments.

The grading criteria are distributed prior to the start of a course or module.

If a student has a certificate from Södertörn University for compensatory support, the examiner has the right to decide on an adapted examination or alternative form of examination in accordance with Södertörn University's regulations.

Restrictions on accreditation

The course may not be accredited as part of a degree if the contents are partly or wholly the same as a course previously taken in Sweden or elsewhere.

Other stipulations

The course may not be accredited as part of a degree if the contents are partly or wholly the same as a course previously taken in Sweden or elsewhere.