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MJ2613 Sustainable Development 6.0 credits

The overall aim with the course is to give an overview of Sustainable Development. There is a focus on how the threats and possibilities of our life style and technical development can affect a Sustainable Development.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus MJ2613 (Autumn 2020–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Sustainable Development: Ecological prerequisites, definitions and concepts, method for measuring Sustainable Development, the effect of globalization on Sustainable Development.
  • Threats towards and measures for a Sustainable Development coupled to case studies, the role of technology and the individual life style.
  • Global and national environmental threats (climate change, Baltic sea, environmental toxins).
  • Consumption society (consumption patterns, rebound effect, ecological footprints, usage of resources, transport, waste).
  • The role of technology for a sustainable society (strategies, sustainable energy systems, IPP, system analysis).
  • Economical and legislative means of control and tools (Swedish environmental goals, Swedish Environmental Code, emission trading, ISO 14 000).

Intended learning outcomes

The overall aim with the course is to give an overview over Sustainable Development and to create conditions for education for Sustainable Development, ESD. Focus lies on both threats and possibilities of lifestyle and technical development on Sustainable Development

After the course the student should be able to:

  • Describe and analyze Sustainable Development from ecological, social and economical aspects. 
  • Describe the most important global and national environmental threats and their impact on ecosystems as well as explain the connection between environmental threats and our life style.
  • Suggest and motivate strategies and measures, national as well as international, from a system perspective to reduce environmental problems. 
  • Indicate and describe means of control and tools that can be used by industry and society in order to reduce the environmental impact from a product or enterprise.
  • Reflect upon the role of the engineer for a Sustainable Development.
  • Search information from scientific literature and summarize it in a written report as well as making a critical study of another groups report.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

At least 100 academic credits in a program of engineering, or natural science including documented proficiency in Swedish B and english A or equivalent.

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

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • PRO2 - Project work, 3.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • SEM3 - Exercise, 0.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 2.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, 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 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 MJ2613

Offered by

Main field of study

Environmental Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

MJ2615 Industrial Ecology, 7,5 credits, AL2191 Technology and Sustainable Development, 7,5 credits but also many other courses offered by Industrial Ecology.

Transitional regulations

Repaced by AL2113 from 2018, studnets with lacking examinations in the course can contact examiner for AL2113