English translation of course syllabus

Climate change and sustainability transformation, 7.5 credits

(Klimatförändringar och hållbarhetsomställning, 7,5 högskolepoäng)

Course code MJ012A
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 100%
Grading scale AF
Education cycle Second-cycle (Master)
Language of instruction English
Valid from Spring semester 2024


This course syllabus was validated by the Management Board of the School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies at Södertörn University on 2023-03-22 according to the stipulations in the Higher Education Ordinance.

Entry requirements

The equivalent of English 6 and a Bachelor's degree in natural science, social sciences or humanities including a minimum of 90 credits relevant to the environment, sustainability or global development.

Learning outcomes

On completing the course, the student can:

  • define key components that drive the Earth’s climate system,
  • explain natural processes that are important for regional and global climate dynamics,
  • assess and evaluate interactions between environmental change and climate change from a sustainability perspective,
  • critically analyse the consequences of climate change on nature and landscape governance,
  • identify and assess examples of how locally occurring ecological functions and mechanisms in “hope spots” can be of great significance for how a sustainable societal transformation can lead to the restoration of ecosystem functions.

Course content, modules and examinations

The course has a process-oriented approach to the governance of natural resources and sustainability transformation in a changing climate, from local and regional scales to global issues. The students train how to evaluate the cumulative effects of humanity's environmental impact and the governance of natural environments. The course provides a deepened understanding of ongoing environmental and climate changes by studying patterns and processes in different landscapes, and by identifying, exploring and connecting conservation priorities and sustainability challenges, using local and global transformation perspectives. Course participants analyse how ecological functions and mechanisms could be combined with anthropogenic processes for a sustainable societal transformation. This is illustrated using various examples, including “hope spots”, which are areas considered important for other parts of an ecosystem.

1001, Project assignment, 4 credits
(Projektarbete, 4 högskolepoäng)
Grades permitted: AF

1002, Seminars and exercises, 3.5 credits
(Seminarier och övningar, 3,5 högskolepoäng)
Grades permitted: Two-grade scale

Course design

The course is based on lectures, seminars and assignments, including an individual project and group assignments.

Examination format

1001, Project

  • Individual oral presentation
  • Individual written project report

 1002, Seminars and excercises

  • Active participation in seminars
  • Oral presentations in groups
  • Written reports, in groups and individually

Absence from a maximum of 50% of the seminars can, after agreement with the course coordinator, be compensated for by 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.