Translation of the Swedish course syllabus

Generation of Knowledge in Environmental Science, 7.5 credits

(Kunskapsproduktion inom miljövetenskap, 7,5 högskolepoäng)
Course code: 1164MJ
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: A1F (Second cycle. Entry requirements: completed second-cycle course/s)
Language of instruction: English
Valid from: HT 2018 (autumn semester)

1. Validation

This course syllabus was validated by the Faculty Board 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, or Media and Communication Studies as the main field of study, and 15 credits in Environmental Science in second cycle.

3. Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student is able to:
  • describe the multifaceted nature of environmental science and the generation of knowledge within environmental science
  • relate theoretical approaches and methodologies used in environmental science to major forms of scientific inquiry described within the philosophy of science
  • understand the utility, limitations and uncertainties associated with various research methodologies and seen from different theories of science
  • critically assess various forms of knowledge production

4. Course content, modules and examinations

This course discusses and analyses what environmental science is about and how knowledge is produced and used in environmental science. This discussion is based on a broad consideration of the philosophy of science, theory of science and research methodology. In this discussion, approaches such as positivism, post-positivism, constructivism and critical realism are introduced and compared. Limitations and uncertainties about scientific explanations and predictions are examined.

  • Generation of Knowledge in Environmental Science, 7,5 credits
    (Kunskapsproduktion inom miljövetenskap, 7.5 högskolepoäng)

    1001, Generation of Knowledge in Environmental Science, 7,5 credits
    (Kunskapsproduktion inom miljövetenskap, 7.5 högskolepoäng)
    Grades permitted: A/B/C/D/E/F

5. Course design

This course primarily builds on lectures in combination with compulsory seminars in which different theoretical and methodological topics are discussed.

6. Examination format

The course is examined by:
  • Written examination on the course literature
  • Seminars and seminar assignments

    Absence from compulsory seminars can, after consultation with the course coordinator, be compensated for by supplementary assigments. Absence from more than 50% of the seminars requires that the student take the course again.
    The grading criteria are distributed prior to the start of a course or module.
 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
VT 2019HT 20192018-11-19Programrådet för Master's Programme in Environmental Science
VT 20202019-11-06Programrådet 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 1097MJ, with the difference that the grade system has been updated. The syllabus is determined through special order (dnr: 1776-2.1.1-2018).