Archaeology as sustainability science

Master’s level
15 credits (ECTS)


The course offers in-depth knowledge about how archaeological research and the archaeological scientific perspective contribute to a deeper understanding of ecological, economic, and social sustainability and sustainable development. A series of topics elucidate archaeology's contributions to sustainability scholarship, for instance urban planning, agriculture, and food and freshwater security. Topics are critically discussed within different theoretical and methodological frameworks, with an emphasis on anthropocentric and interdisciplinary historical ecology. The course offers a broad understanding of the fields' different vantage points and possibilities, which are further detailed from selected case studies. The course applies a global perspective, with case studies from both the Global South and North.

Prerequisites and selection

Entry requirements

Admission to the course requires a Bachelor of Arts or the equivalent of 180 credits, with 90 credits in Archaeology, Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, Conservation, Cultural Heritage Studies, Environmental Studies, Development Studies, History, Human Ecology, Human Geography, Social Anthropology, or other field that can considered equivalent.

Applicants must demonstrate knowledge of English at level English 6 or equivalent from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for instance TOEFL or IELTS.