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The local community, environment, culture and technology 15 credits

Lokalsamhället, miljö, kultur och teknik
First cycle, H0035N
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2023 Sp 3 - Present
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Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
U G VG *
Subject group (SCB)

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language + Swedish upper secondary school courses Mathematics 2a or 2b or 2c, General Science 1b or 1a1 +1 a2, Social Studies 1b or 1a1 +1a2, English 6.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on final school grades or Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test.

Course Aim
After completing the course the student should be able to:
  • explain how and why other, more remote communities are structured and may function differently based on local geographical, social and historical conditions.
  • provide several examples of how human activities at different locations and during different periods affected human societies and the surrounding environment.
  • at a fundamental level, explain how technology and technological change interacts with social change.
  • use knowledge from social studies disciplines to critically examine, evaluate and consider issues relate to long-term economic, environmental and social sustainability.
  • use learning theories and results of didactic research to develop teaching in the social studies disciplines.
  • assess students' knowledge of the social studies disciplines in relation to national curriculum and syllabuses.

  • The organization of the local community and its geographical, socio-economic, cultural, religious and historical background.
  • The origin of man, movements and livelihood as hunters and gatherers, the agricultural society, industrial society and information society. Time Concepts: Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age.
  • Fundamental cartography and local geography.
  • Population and demography.
  • Man's water and food supply from both a local - global and historical perspective.
  • Origin of resources, their availability and distribution.
  • Society's energy supply. Democracy, ethnicity, gender, and public health issues in the local community and from a global perspective. Democratic and ethical perspectives on social development and on the consumption of natural resources. Society's technical systems. Technology change and social aspects. History of Technology.
  • Life issues, norms and regulations. National and international conventions.
  • Christianity’s and other religions impact on people's thinking, worldview and actions.
  • Perspectives on how thinking, worldviews, humans meetings with others, and technological innovations throughout the ages have affected people’s choices and society.
  • Theories of learning, knowledge and skills relevant to the assessment of knowledge.

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
The course is given at half-speed and is divided into three main parts, each with examination activities.
Moment 1. To live in an area / to investigate real life.
Moment 2. Basic theoretical knowledge of the socially-oriented disciplines.
Moment 3. Didactics of socially-oriented disciplines.
Lectures and seminar are the main elements in the course.

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
The course is examined via a report (Moment 1, 4 hp), four written exam G requires a G on all moments. To get a VG requires a VG on more than half of the course points. The written exam text the student’s basic theoretical knowledge in the socially-oriented disciplines (history, geography, religion, and social science). The seminars (moment 3) examine the student’s ability to use learning tools in individual and group settings. In addition Moment 3 examines the student’s ability to judge their own students’ knowledge in the socially-oriented disciplines in relation to the central school plans.

Students must register to the courses themselves or contact the ETKS educational administration not later than three days after the quarter commences. Failure to do so can result in the place being lost. This also applies to the students with a place guarantee.

Per-Olof Grönberg

Literature. Valid from Spring 2020 Sp 3
Adler, M. H. (2014) Historieundervisnings byggstenar: grundläggande pedagogic och ämnesdidaktik. Liber.
Andersson, D., Sander, Å. (red) (2009) Det mångreligiösa Sverige: ett landskap i förändring / Lund : Studentlitteratur.
Hardin, G (1968). The Tragedy of the Commons. Science 162:1243-1248
Lindström, D. (2004). Den forntid i Sverige: En introduktion. Natur och kultur. Latest edition.
Löfstedt, M. (2011) Religionsdidaktik : mångfald, livsfrågor och etik i skolan. Studentlitteratur.
Mikkelsen, R., Mikkelsen, R. & Sætre, P.J. (2015). Geografididaktikk for klasserommet: en innføringsbok i geografiundervisning for studenter og lærere. 3. utg., Högskoleförlaget.
Odenstad, C. (2014) Ämnesdidaktik för SO-ämnena - för grundskolan. Gleerups.
Björneloo, I. (2011). Hållbar utveckling - att undervisa utifrån helheter och sammanhang. Stockholm: Liber.
Ekman, J. & Pilo, L. (2012). Skolan, demokratin och de unga medborgarna. Malmö: Liber.
Skolverket, SO kurplan och kommentarmaterial. Hämtas från Skolverkets webbplats. (
Strid, J. & Weibull, L. (2011) Fyra perspektiv på religion i Sverige (utdrag ur SOM-undersökningen) (nedladdningsbar).

Additional articles can be added.

Course offered by
Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0008ReportU G VG *4.00MandatoryS16
0010Written exam historyU G VG *2.00MandatoryS16
0011Written exam geographyU G VG *2.00MandatoryS16
0012Written exam social scienceU G VG *2.00MandatoryS16
0013Written exam religionU G VG *2.00MandatoryS16
0018Seminars and Assignment reportU G#3.00MandatoryA18

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Bo Jonsson, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 14 Mar 2012

Last revised
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 04 Nov 2019