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In this course, you will be introduced to the concept of sustainable development and how it has evolved to what it currently means - a holistic, ongoing process to tackle environmental, social, and economic challenges of human development. You will also be introduced to the impacts that human activities have had on the environment.

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* Retrieved from Course syllabus AL101V (Autumn 2021–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

In this course, you will be introduced to the concept of sustainable development and how it has evolved to what it currently means, a holistic ongoing process to tackle the environmental, social, and economic challenges of human development. You will learn about key concepts describing sustainable development, such as the three pillars, and different indicators for sustainable development. You will be introduced to the underlying reasons behind the environmental challenges that we face today, for instance, climate change and ocean acidification. Throughout the course, different frameworks to describe sustainable development will be discussed, including normative approaches.

Intended learning outcomes

After successful completion of this course you will have learned:

• a broad overview of the history of sustainable development and current environmental challenges

• global approaches to drive the sustainable development forward

• the main arguments of why there is an urgency for sustainable development and barriers to implementing sustainable solutions

• a holistic approach to sustainable development

• how to identify the environmental impacts of human society and states and trends of the earth

Course Disposition

Course consists of recorded lectures with corresponding assignments for examination

The course is "self paced" 

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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Recommended prerequisites

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Equipment

Computer with internet access

Literature

Outlined in Course PM

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F

Examination

  • INL1 - Homework assignment 1, 0,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • INL2 - Home assignment 2, 1,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • INL3 - Homework assignment 3, 0,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • INL4 - Homework assignment 4, 1,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

None

Examiner

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web AL101V

Offered by

ABE/Sustainability and Environmental Engineering

Main field of study

Environmental Engineering

Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

Courses belonging to the masters programme of Sustainable development

Contact

Maria Malmström malmstro@kth.se

Supplementary information

Course is mainly held on-line

Additional regulations

The course is carried out (mainly) online. Access to a computer with internet is therefore a precondition