Human Ecology: Culture, Economy and Ecology
Course · 15 credits
The course is offered as an interdisciplinary single subject course within the main area of studies of Human Ecology in the Master’s Programme in Social Sciences with a Major in Human Ecology (SAHEK). The course is also offered as a freestanding course.
The course examines the wider historical, cultural, and political contexts of what we think of as the “economy” by illuminating its semiotic and epistemological as well as biophysical conditions.
The course comprises four concentration modules focusing on intersecting themes: Global Environmental History; Economies as Cultural Systems; Symbolic Dimensions of Human-Environmental Relations; The Political Ecology of the World-System. These four themes will provide the student with essential perspectives and analytical tools to achieve an integrated, trans-disciplinary understanding of the cultural and political dimensions of sustainability.
The first module provides an overview of how global economic and political processes have transformed human-environmental relations over the past five centuries, focusing on world-system perspectives on European expansion.
The second module helps the student understand how these and other economic relations, ideas, and institutions can be understood as recursively connected to cultural conditions and conceptions, including the desire for specific commodities and fundamental assumptions regarding production and exchange.
The third module focuses on how human interaction with the environment is embedded in different symbolic perceptions of non-human nature in different cultural contexts, particularly different ways of organizing knowledge and social use of the environment.
The fourth module synthesizes historical, political, and cultural perspectives on human-environmental relations into an integrated view that is applied to current challenges of sustainability, such as climate change and other aspects of global environmental inequalities.
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Email: cps [at] keg [dot] lu [dot] se
Requirements and selection
A Bachelor´s degree in human ecology or another relevant subject, e.g. anthropology, sociology, geography, environmental studies, or the equivalent. English 6/English Course B.
English language requirements
Most of Lund University’s programmes require English Level 6 (unless otherwise stated under 'Entry requirements'). This is the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 90. There are several ways to prove your English language proficiency – check which proof is accepted at the University Admissions in Sweden website. All students must prove they meet English language requirements by the deadline, in order to be considered for admission.
Check if there are any country-specific eligibility rules for you to study Bachelor's or Master's studies in Sweden:
Start Autumn Semester 2023
Day-time Lund, full time 100%
28 August 2023 - 26 October 2023
You can only apply for this course in the 'Swedish student' application round. Find out more: Applying for studies – when to apply
How to apply
Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods.
Step 1: Apply online
- Check that you meet the entry requirements of the programme or course you are interested in (refer to the section above on this webpage).
- Start your application – go to the University Admissions in Sweden website where you create an account and select programmes/courses during the application period.
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- Rank your programme/course choices in order of preference and submit them before the application deadline.
Step 2: Submit documents
- Read about how to document your eligibility and how to submit your documents at the University Admissions in Sweden website. Follow any country-specific document rules for Master's studies or Bachelor's studies
Country-specific requirements for Bachelor's studies – universityadmissions.se
Country-specific requirements for Master's studies – universityadmissions.se
- Get all your documents ready:
- official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants)
- official transcripts and degree certificate or proof of expected graduation (Master's applicants)
- passport/ID (all applicants) and
- proof of English proficiency (all applicants).
- Prepare programme-specific documents if stated in the next paragraph on this webpage.
- Upload or send all required documents to University Admissions before the document deadline.
- Pay the application fee (if applicable – refer to the section below on this webpage) before the document deadline.
* Note that the process is different if you are applying as an exchange student or as a part of a cooperation programme (such as Erasmus+).
* If you have studied your entire Bachelor's programme in Sweden and all of your academic credits are in Ladok, you do not have to submit transcripts or your diploma when applying for a Master's programme. However, there may still be other documents you need to submit! See the link below.
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Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 27 500
First payment: SEK 27 500
Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.
EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland
There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.
If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 when you apply at the University Admissions in Sweden website. You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.
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*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or doctoral/PhD students, regardless of their nationality.
Scholarships & funding
Lund University Global Scholarship programme
The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is a merit-based and selective scholarship targeted at top academic students from countries outside the EU/EEA.
Swedish Institute Scholarships
The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Master's level.
Country-specific scholarships and funding options
Lund University has agreements with scholarship organisations and funding bodies in different countries, which may allow applicants to apply for funding or scholarships in their home countries for their studies at Lund University.