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Humankind and Global Resources 7.5 credits

Människan och Jordens resurser
First cycle, S0025N
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2021 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
U G#
Political Science
Subject group (SCB)
Political Science

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/2b/2c (specifik entry A7). Or: Swedish upper secondary school courses Mathematics B (specifik entry 7)

More information about English language requirements


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

Course Aim
The overall aim of the course is to introduce social science perspectives on environmental and natural resource related problems, including their causes and possible solutions, at different levels in society – globally, nationally and locally. Throughout the course, a number of generic skills are also dealt with, which are put into practical application during the course. Particular emphasis is on the ability to independently search for, evaluate and critically examine sources of information, as well as the ability to present and communicate this both orally and in writing.
After completing the course, the student shall be able to:

• define the concept of sustainable development and discuss it from various social science perspectives
• describe and explain different social science perspectives (political; economic and legal) on the origin of environmental and natural resource related problems and their solutions
• describe and explain environmental policymaking at local, national and global level, and discuss environmental issues as multi-level problems
• identify and describe political, economic and legal control instruments used to address environmental and resource related problems, and critically discuss them in terms of, for example, efficiency, legitimacy and competing interests
• independently search for relevant information, both in printed and Internet-based sources
• independently relate to, and critically evaluate this information

The course covers the following topics:

• Sustainable development as a scientific concept and empirical phenomena
• Political, economic, legal and historical perspectives on environmental problems and natural resource management
• Environmental policy and decision-making at global, national and local levels.

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
Teaching consists of lectures, group discussions, seminars and the writing of a report which is presented at a seminar with peer-review. Active seminar participation is mandatory.

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.
All the aims of the course are examined through a report and seminar assignments with written as well as oral presentations. The seminars correspond to 3 credits. The written report with accompanying oral presentation and peer-review corresponds to 4.5 credits.

Students must register for the courses themselves or contact 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.

Carina Lundmark

Transition terms
The course S0025N is equal to IESJ01

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2021 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Cochrane, A. (2006) Environmental ethics, i J. Fieser & B. Dowden (red.) The internet
encyclopedia of philosophy. At

Darpö, J. (senaste uppl.) ”Miljö” i L. Lerwall (red.) Makt, myndighet, människa: En lärobok i speciell förvaltningsrätt. Uppsala: Iustus.

Griggs, D., Rockström, J. et. al. (2013) Policy: Sustainable development goals for people and planet. Nature, 495(7441), 305-7.

Lomborg, B. (2020) False alarm: How climate change panic costs us trillions, hurts the poor, and fails to fix the planet. Basic Books.

Lundgren, L. J. (1999) Från miljöproblem till miljövård: Ett genombrott med fördröjning. Daedalus, Stockholm, 229-248.

Lundqvists, L. J. (2017) Miljöpolitik, i går, i dag, i morgon? A-Z förlag.

Pihl, H. (2007) Administrativa eller ekonomiska styrmedel? Miljöekonomi för en hållbar utveckling Lund: Studentlitteratur.

Additional articles will be added during the course.

Course offered by
Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0005ReportU G#4.50MandatoryA09
0007Seminar assignmentU G#3.00MandatoryA21

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 28 Feb 2007

Last revised
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts 17 Feb 2021