Translation of the Swedish course syllabus 
Environmental Planning for Sustainable Governance, 7.5 credits
(Miljöplanering för hållbar förvaltning, 7,5 högskolepoäng)
Course code: 1157MJ
Subject area: Environmental Science
Main field of study: Environmental Science
Academic school: School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies
Disciplinary domain: Natural Sciences 50% Social Sciences 50%
Grading scale: AF
Education cycle: Second-cycle (Master)
Progressive specialisation: A1N (Second cycle. Entry requirements: completed first-cycle course/s)
Language of instruction: English
Valid from: HT 2018 (autumn semester)
Valid to: VT 2019 (spring semester)

1. Validation

This course syllabus was validated by the Faculty Board for Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies at Södertörn University on 2018-04-23 according to the stipulations in the Higher Education Ordinance.

2. Entry requirements

The equivalent of English B and a Bachelor's degree including a minimum of 90 credits in Environmental Science, Bioscience, Political Science, Sociology, International Health, Media and Communication Studies, or the equivalent

3. Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student is able to:

  • synthesise various theoretical ideas and models for processes in environmental planning that are relevant to the sustainable governance of social-ecological systems.
  • define and apply the concepts of environmental assessments, adaptive governance, ecosystem services, and resilience, in relation to the governance of social-ecological systems.
  • critically analyse theories of physical environmental planning in current research and in national and international policy frameworks for the implementation of sustainable governance of social-ecological systems.
  • critically evaluate his/her attitudes and work in relation to different theories and ideas related to environmental science and sustainability science.

  • 4. Course content, modules and examinations

    The course is problem-oriented and contains both social science and natural science perspectives on planning processes for physical planning in different types of landscapes (for example, marine, urban or rural), viewed as integrated social-ecological systems. The course provides a scientific basis, goals and tools for environmental planning and includes key aspects such as environmental assessment, ecosystem services, adaptive and participatory perspectives on planning processes and governance, including user and property rights related to ecosystems and natural resources.

    • Environmental Planning for Sustainable Governance, 7,5 credits
      (Miljöplanering för hållbar förvaltning, 7.5 högskolepoäng)

    • 1001, Environmental Planning for Sustainable Governance, exam, 5 credits
      (Miljöplanering för hållbar förvaltning, tentamen, 5 högskolepoäng)
      Grades permitted: A/B/C/D/E/F

      1002, Environmental Planning for Sustainable Governance, seminars, 2,5 credits
      (Miljöplanering för hållbar förvaltning, seminarier, 2.5 högskolepoäng)
      Grades permitted: A/B/C/D/E/F

    5. Course design

    The course includes lectures and seminars.

    6. Examination format

    The examination consists of:

    1001, exam
  • A written exam

    1002, seminars
  • Active participation including written and oral presentations

    Absence from seminars may, after consultation with the examiner, be compenstaed for through written assignments. However, this does not apply to the mandatory project presentation seminar, which includes a peer review of another student’s case study project. Absence from more than 50% of the seminars requires that the student takes the course again.
  •  The grading criteria are distributed prior to the start of a course or module.

    If a student has a certificate for compensatory support from Södertörn University, the examiner may decide on an adapted examination or alternative examination form in accordance with Södertörn University's regulations.

    7. Reading list

    If there are changes in the reading list between semesters, a new list for the next semester is to be validated no later than July 15 and December 15 respectively.
    Valid from Valid to Decision date Decision board
    HT 2018VT 20192018-05-17Programrådet för Master´s Programme in Environmental Science
    HT 2019VT 20202019-06-03Programrådet för master i miljövetenskap
    HT 20202020-05-14Programrådet för Master´s Programme in Environmental Science

    8. Restrictions on accreditation

    The course may not be accredited as part of a degree if the contents are partly or wholly the same as a course previously taken in Sweden or elsewhere.

    9. Other stipulations
    Following the Vice-Chancellors decision on internationalization and grade scale at Södertörn University College (dnr: 1148-1.1.2-2018), this syllabus replaces the syllabus with course code 1134MJ, with the difference that the grade system has been updated. The syllabus is determined through special order (dnr: 1776-2.1.1-2018).