The School's impact on societal development as an academic institution depends on the knowledge, skills, and abilities we provide to our students. It is therefore of great importance that our students are prepared and trained to address sustainability-related problems and to make ethical judgements relevant for their future careers. This is to an increasing degree reflected in our program portfolio, even though there is still room for improvement. Since 2013, sustainability perspectives have been included in all undergraduate programs at the School.
For the School's programme students, every year during their education a Sustainability Day is arranged as a complement to the sustainability elements within the courses. The Sustainability Days have different complementary focus and themes, and are often visited by external guests, such as small entrepreneurs, larger companies, actors from the public and non-profit sector and researchers from other universities.
The three Sustainability Days at the Bachelor's level have been mandatory since the start in 2013 and focus on challenges, responsibilities and solutions. The Sustainability Days at Master's level have been arranged since 2019 and focus on transition to a sustainable society and sustainable jobs.
Together with the sustainability elements in the regular courses, this gives the students knowledge and tools to be able to in-depth analyze and handle the major issues related to social, ecological and economic sustainability.
The goal is an integration of sustainability into all education at undergraduate and graduate levels, with the ambition to be at the forefront in comparison with corresponding education nationally and internationally.
The curricula for all programs include learning objectives linked to sustainable development.
Bachelorprogramme in Environmental Social Science
The Programme in Environmental Social Science started in 2001 and integrates social science and environmental science. It was the first of its kind in Sweden and gives the students broad career opportunities. By studying together with science students, the students gain a broad understanding of environmental issues, while specializing in one of five scientific profiles where environmental economics, environmental planning and sustainable business are provided at the School.
Courses at Bachelor's and Master's level
All departments at the School gives courses related to sustainable development. See our courses.
Participation in university-wide sustainability education
The School collaborates with other faculties in sustainability-profiled programmes at Bachelor's and Master's level, like the Master's Programme in Geography and the Sea and Society, Master's Programme.