ASTK18020U Core subject: Perspectives on sustainability

Volume 2019/2020

Core subject in the core-subject line in The Politics of Environment, Climate and Sustainability.

Political Science: Only accessible to students who are admitted to the core-subject line.

Students from sociology, economy, psycology, Global development, and antropology can apply through the selfservice.

There will be two teaching teams and the students will be distributed by lottery. There will be a limited intake of students.


NB! All exams (both ordinary and re-exams) will take place at the end of the autumn semester only, as the course is not offered in the spring

Learning Outcome


The master students at this course will come to know and understand how sustainability is defined and approached in different social science disciplines. They will come to know the theoretical as well as political, economic, social and psychological shortcomings of existing ways of implementing the concept, and will become able to reflect critically on these.  


This course challenges students to think outside their normal disciplinary boundaries, and develop their skills in problem-oriented cross-disciplinary thinking. It develops critical thinking, creativity and innovation, and also develops the students skills in collaboration (through group-based activities) and communication (talk, presentations, paper and poster production).


Through the lectures and the cross-disciplinary case-based group work the master students at this course learn to approach concrete problems and cases of sustainablity. By seeking concrete solutions to such sustainability problems, the students develop skills, which are highly valued by relevant employers.


The teaching list will be uploaded to the Absalon room and will be made available two weeks before the course begins.

BA level in the social sciences, and an interest in all aspects of sustainability.
There will be three elements to the teaching at this course:
1) Teachers presentations.
2) Comments and criticisms from two teachers from other disciplines. There will therefore always be three teachers present during classes. These comments will open the floor for wider classroom discussion involving the students.
3) Case-based group work. During the entire duration of the course students will work with self-selected cases in cross-disciplinary groups. The students shall analyse their cases using perspectives from at least two disciplines (e.g. anthropology and economics), and present their results in class, with a poster at a half-day mini-conference, and in a final short paper.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 28
  • Total
  • 28
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Free assignment
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship

Free written assignment

Criteria for exam assesment
  • Grade 12 is given for an outstanding performance: the student lives up to the course's goal description in an independent and convincing manner with no or few and minor shortcomings
  • Grade 7 is given for a good performance: the student is confidently able to live up to the goal description, albeit with several shortcomings
  • Grade 02 is given for an adequate performance: the minimum acceptable performance in which the student is only able to live up to the goal description in an insecure and incomplete manner