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FAG3189 Theories on Sustainability Transitions 5.0 credits

A PhD course in theories on sustainability transitions. The course deals with theories and  perspectives on the goals and obstacles of transition as well as strategies for transition in the field of planning. The course is give within the TRANSPLACE Research School, however it is open to other doctoral students as well.

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For course offering

Autumn 2023 Start 4 Dec 2023 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus FAG3189 (Autumn 2023–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course contains three thematic blocks with associated lectures, literature, assignments and seminars:

- Block 1: Visions of a sustainable society. Here we discuss how different goals for transition can be understood. Different visions and scenarios for a sustainable society are analyzed. 

- Block 2: Theories on barriers and challenges for transition. Here we deal with different challenges for transition - macroeconomic, organizational, social psychological, etc.

- Block 3: Theories on making transition happen in practice. This block discusses theories on how transition can take place in practice, at different levels in society.

The course ends with an individual written assignment where the doctoral students use the course literature to discuss their thesis projects. The final examination also includes that the students give comments on each other's texts.

Intended learning outcomes

After passing the course the student should be able to:

-  Describe and discuss different visions of a sustainable society

-  Identify obstacles and challenges for sustainability transitions

-  Apply and discuss different theories of transition in relation to urban planning practice

-  Relate relevant parts of the course literature to his/her own thesis project.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Participant in the research school TRANSPLACE or admitted to doctoral studies.

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

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

Grading scale

P, F


  • RAP1 - Written assignment, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • SEM1 - Participation and preparations for seminars, 3.0 credits, grading scale: 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

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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 room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

This course does not belong to any Main field of study.

Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at ABE/Urban and Regional Studies