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Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science: Resilience and Sustainable Development

Course · 7.5 credits

Description

The course examines perspectives on an emerging discourse in sustainability science, resilience, in the context of sustainable development. Resilience is society’s ability to continue to develop during shock and stress.

The course deals with how theories about the resilience concept have developed within sustainability science. The course starts with a historical overview of the resilience concept within development- and sustainability science. The course then goes on to critically examine resilience as a concept and as an approach.

Resilience has come to mean many things. There is for example, a resistance among some to the idea that it is possible for societies to continue to identify a common desirable or stable level of greenhouse emissions, deforestation and overfishing.

The course will examine questions about whether resilience can help researchers and practitioners improve their critical understanding of how societies can continue to develop under stressors caused by global environmental changes. For example, which political decisions and institutional changes occur under the threatening shadows of environmental changes? How can resilience as a model and an analytical tool help societies to rethink and generate ideas about change in ways that can avoid undesirable tipping points?

Global environmental changes bring about consequences for life and livelihoods for millions of people around the world. Uncertainty frames these environmental stressors and interacts with human vulnerability and poverty. Global climate change in particular poses significant consequences for resilience, community governance and livelihoods of people in the global South. Climate change poses a challenge to handling extreme weather events, and will exacerbate existing problems such as water shortages, floods and loss of natural resources. The course focuses on these consequences.

The course consists of a series of lectures with the aim of providing a systematic evaluation of resilience both as a theoretical framework and as a practical tool. In light of the resilience concept, existing theories of development, and how they address global environmental challenges and uncertainty are reconsidered, with a specific focus on climate change and its consequences. Special importance will be given to highlighting that societal change is closely connected to how a society sees itself relation to nature.

 

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Application opportunities

Contact

LUCSUS (Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies)

Visiting address
"Josephson", "Wrangel", Biskopsgatan 5, 223 62 Lund

Postal address
Box 170, 221 00 Lund

+46 46 222 04 70

Requirements and selection

Entry requirements

Students must be admitted to Lund University International Master's Programme in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science 120 credits, and have fulfilled course requirements of at least forty higher education credits in the programme.

Selection criteria

Seats are allocated according to: ECTS (HPAV): 100 %.

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.

How to prove your English proficiency – universityadmissions.se

Country-specific requirements

Check if there are any country-specific eligibility rules for you to study Master's studies or Bachelor's studies in Sweden.

Country-specific requirements for Bachelor's studies – universityadmissions.se

Country-specific requirements for Master's studies – universityadmissions.se

Apply

Start Autumn Semester 2022

Day-time Lund, part time 50%

In English

Study period

29 August 2022 - 30 October 2022

Application

Can only be applied to within an educational programme.

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.

When to apply for studies

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.
    Visit the University Admissions in Sweden website
  • 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. 

Svensk student? 
Läs instruktionerna om att söka till ett internationellt masterprogram på lu.se

Tuition fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 15 625

First payment: SEK 15 625

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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.

Tuition fees, payments and exemptions

EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland

There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Application fee

If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) 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.

Paying your application fee – universityadmissions.se

Exemptions from paying the application fee – universityadmissions.se


*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or 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.

Lund University Global Scholarship

Swedish Institute Scholarships

The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Bachelor's, Master's, PhD and post-doctoral levels.

Scholarship options at the Swedish Institute website

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.

External scholarships

Information about scholarships from external organisations