HDCB01161U DCC Sustainable Development of Denmark in the World

Volume 2024/2025

The global quest for sustainable development causes specific challenges for affluent societies like Denmark. How do we promote worldwide equality while solving local and global environmental problems like climate change, and social challenges like inequality? Can continued economic growth on which our affluence is grounded really last or do we have to choose between affluence and sustainability?

A cursory introduction to the recent socio-environmental history of Denmark that focuses on such issues as social cohesion, pollution, energy, biodiversity, climate change, knowledge production, governance, economy, technology and everyday environmentalism will form the common ground for transnational and transdisciplinary comparisons. In seminars and discussions, different analytical approaches will be put on the line and their reach and applicability tested prerequisites for a truly sustainable development will be elaborated.

The course is arranged by Centre for Sustainable Futures in collaboration with Sustainability Science Centre, UCPH.


Name of Exam: HHIB10211E Historical Theme 1/Historisk tema 1

- Bo Fritzbøger: Sustainable Development of Denmark in the World, 1970-2020. A Critical Introduction. (Springer Sustainable Development Goals Series). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, 2022.

The course is offered to exchange students, fee-paying guest students and to credit students from other Danish Universities enrolled at the University of Copenhagen.

The course is also offered as a free elective bachelor course for full-degree students at UCPH. Please see: (https:/​/​kurser.ku.dk/​course/​hhib13212u/​2023-2024)
Teaching is organized as three-hour sessions twice a week. During the first two thirds of the semester, classes will vary between teacher presentations, discussions, student presentations, group work, and excursions. The last third will mainly consist of supervision, individually or in groups.
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Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Type of assessment details
Written assignment

Written take-home assignment with an optional subject approved by the lecturer. The topic should be either transnational or transdisciplinary (or both). 16-20 standard pages.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship

Conducted in the same manner as the ordinary examination.