English translation of course syllabus

Translation of the Swedish course syllabus

Environmental Planning for Sustainable Governance, 7.5 credits

(Miljöplanering för hållbar förvaltning, 7.5 högskolepoäng)

Course code 1183MJ
Subject area Environmental Science
Main field of study Environmental Science
Progressive specialisation A1N (Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements)
Academic school School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies
Disciplary domain Natural sciences 50%
Social sciences 50%
Grading scale AF
Education cycle Second-cycle (Master)
Language of instruction English
Valid from Autumn semester 2021


This course syllabus was validated by the Faculty Board for the Faculty Board for Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies at Södertörn University on 2021-03-03 according to the stipulations in the Higher Education Ordinance.

Entry requirements

The equivalent of English B and a Bachelor's degree including a minimum of 90 credits in Environmental Science, Bioscience, Political Science, Sociology, International Health, Media and Communication Studies, or the equivalent

Learning outcomes

On completing the course, the student can:

  • synthesise various theoretical ideas and models for processes in environmental planning that are relevant to the sustainable governance of social-ecological systems.
  • define and apply the concepts of environmental assessments, adaptive governance, ecosystem services and resilience in relation to the governance of social-ecological systems.
  • critically analyse theories of physical environmental planning in national and international policy frameworks for the implementation of sustainable governance of social-ecological systems.
  • critically evaluate their attitudes and work in relation to different theories and ideas related to environmental planning and sustainability science.

Course content, modules and examinations

The course is problem-oriented and contains both social science and natural science perspectives on planning processes for physical planning in different types of landscapes (for example, marine, urban or rural), viewed as integrated social-ecological systems. The course provides a scientific basis, goals and tools for environmental planning and includes key aspects, such as environmental assessment, ecosystem services, adaptive and participatory perspectives on planning processes and governance, including user and property rights related to ecosystems and natural resources.

1001, Environmental Planning for Sustainable Governance, exam, 5 credits

(Miljöplanering för hållbar förvaltning, tentamen, 5 högskolepoäng)

Grades permitted: AF

1003, Environmental Planning for Sustainable Governance, seminars, 2.5 credits

(Miljöplanering för hållbar förvaltning, seminarier, 2.5 högskolepoäng)

Grades permitted: Two-grade scale

Course design

The course consists of lectures and seminars.

Examination format

The examination consists of:

1001, examination

  • A written take-home exam

1003, seminars

  • Active participation, including written and oral presentations

Absence from a maximum of 50% of the seminars can, 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.