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Environment, Development and Society

When you'll study it
Semester 2
CATS points
ECTS points
Level 5
Module lead
Johan Nordensvard

Module overview

Environment, Development and Society is a course that aims to create a better understanding of how society and the economy interact with our natural environment and its limited resources. Global environmental problems such as climate change and the decline of ecological habitats have increased the urgency to change the dominant understanding of social, economic and human development. Concepts such as ecological modernisation, low carbon development and sustainability all depict alternative environmental approaches to development. This course aims to impart knowledge and develop critical thinking about a number of selected topics concerned with the interface between environment, development and society. The course will be a mix of theoretical lectures and seminars and workshops focusing more on practical examples of environment and human development. The course will offer an insight into the contemporary role of the environment in international development including from the perspective of international organizations such as the UN, the World Bank, EU and popular green movements and NGOs. We will touch upon case studies such as transition movement, carbon trading and the role of environmental concern in international aid.

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