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Sustainable development 7.5 credits

Hållbar utveckling
First cycle, L0010N
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2023 Sp 3 - Present
The version indicates the term and period for which this course syllabus is valid. The most recent version of the course syllabus is shown first.

Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Environmental Management
Subject group (SCB)
Industrial Engineering and Management
Main field of study
Industrial and Management Engineering, Architecture

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 Physics 1b1 or 1a, Mathematics 2a or 2b or 2c.

More information about English language requirements


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

Course Aim
After the course the student should have acquired the ability to;
a) describe the life-support and resource generation structures and functions of the ecosystem
b) outline the significant environmental problems and explain its short and long term effects
c) describe and critically relate to the concept of sustainable development
d) describe and discuss environmental policy instruments in the fields of environmental economics, environmental politic and environmental law
e) explain how companies meet society's needs with the use of environmental tools
f) discuss the responsibility of the companies and their role for sustainable development, for example aspects regarding ethics, corruption, environment and equality
g) understand the role of technology as problem solver and as creator of problems from a perspective of sustainable development

- Basic ecology (including ecosystem structures and functions)
- Local, regional and global environmental problems and its impact on the environment in the short     and long term
- Background to the concept of sustainable development and the interplay and conflicts between the components of sustainable development
- Introduction to environmental economics (including environmental and energy policy instruments)
- Introduction to environmental law
- Corporate environmental and sustainability efforts with an emphasis on environmental management systems (ISO 14001) and sustainable product development (life cycle assessment, LCA)
- Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
Lectures and seminars.

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.
Written exam and written and oral presentations at seminars.

The course can not be included in a degree together with the course V0015B, Sustainable Building.
Students must registerforo the courses themselves, or contact the ETS educational administration, not later than three days after the quarter commences. Failure to do so can result in the place being lost. This rule also applies to students with a guaranteed place.

Helena Ranängen

Literature. Valid from Spring 2013 Sp 3 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Gröndahl, F. Svanström, M. (2010). Hållbar utveckling – en introduktion för ingenjörer och andra problemlösare. Liber AB, Stockholm.
Literature might be added.

Course offered by
Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0001SeminarsU G#2.50MandatoryS11
0002Written examG U 3 4 55.00MandatoryS11

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 Head of the Department of Business Administration and Social Sciences 19 Feb 2010

Last revised
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 14 Feb 2020