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Long View's PhD-courses in Sustainable Development

With the support of international and national experts, the Long View offers three courses in Sustainable Development:

  1. Sustainable Development – basics, 3 hp (IDE050F) – NOTE: will not be given spring 2021!
  2. Sustainable Development – a Systems View, 5 hp (IDE055F)
  3. Designers/Engineers and Sustainable Development, Course B + project (2,5 hp), in total 7,5 hp (IDE035F)

For information about each course, see A, B and C below.

Course B and the theory part of course C – given in spring 2021 - build on seven modules approaching sustainability from different perspectives. Preparatory assignments are “on-demand” to make it easier for you to complete your preparations despite being busy with projects, experiments, conferences, et cetera that block some of your days. Each module ends with a scheduled seminar, in which the topic of the module is discussed with experts in the area.

The project part of course C is planned for the fall term 2021. 

All courses are given in English.

For deadline and how to apply, see D below.

Why should you take a course about sustainable development?

  • To address society’s complex sustainability challenges and contribute to a long-term sustainable development, PhD-students have a key role. In your future professional life, may that be as academics, in business or in politics, you will influence and contribute in shaping the future for our Earth’s society.
  • Maybe you are teaching and want to include sustainability in your teaching?
  • Sustainability may be a very strong factor for competitiveness for your country, your company and yourself.
  • Maybe you want to include aspects of sustainability in your thesis and in your future projects? 
  • Part 2 in the 7,5 hp course can be used for a minor literature review to test ideas.

A – Sustainable Development - Basics, 3 hp (IDE050F) (not given 2021)

This course is a shorted variant of Course B (IDE055F), for which structure and content is provided in section B below. The course gives essential knowledge in sustainable development. It is divided into modules. Some modules have online video-introductions, and others have introductory reading material. The modules contain topics such as: Definition of sustainable development. Climate change and its effects. Planetary boundaries. Circular economy. Sustainable business. Life-cycle thinking. Individual action for sustainability. Social aspects. Occupational health. Sustainable cities. Poverty. Complex systems. Sustainable development and ethics.

The main differences between this course and the Course B are that this course includes less literature and less extensive assignments.

NOTE: The course will not be taught 2021.

Approved curriculum for Sustainable Development - Basics (IDE050F) on LTH web.

How to apply? See D below!

B – Sustainable Development - a Systems View, 5 hp (IDE055F), planned to be given spring semester 2021

The course gives essential knowledge in sustainable development and provide an opportunity to discuss different perspectives on sustainable development in relation to your own research. The course is organized in seven modules as shown below. Each module contains a preparatory part followed by a seminar. In the preparatory part you get instructions on what to read and prepare: Some modules have online video-introductions, others have introductory reading material.

The modules contain topics such as: Definition of sustainable development. Climate change and its effects. Planetary boundaries. Circular economy. Sustainable business. Life-cycle thinking. Individual action for sustainability. Social aspects. Occupational health. Sustainable cities. Poverty. Complex systems. Sustainable development and ethics. The preparatory assignments are “on-demand”, meaning you can choose yourself when to do them. Each module ends with a scheduled seminar where we discuss the topic of the module with experts in the area.

Content of modules:

Module A: Global Challenges and Planetary Boundaries
Seminar: February 9th, 1 pm-4 pm 

Module B: The Social Dimension of Sustainability
Seminar: March 2nd, 1 pm-4 pm 

Module C: Sustainability from a Business Perspective
Seminar: March 22nd, 1 pm-4 pm

Module D: Individual Actions for Sustainability
Seminar: April 13th, 1 pm-4 pm

Module E: Sustainable Cities
Seminar: May 4th, 1 pm-4 pm 

Module F: Climate Change and Health
Seminar: TBD (24-26 May)

Module G: Challenges for Action and Sustainability
Seminar: TBD (14-16 June)

Approved curriculum for Sustainable Development - a Systems View (IDE055F) on LTH web.

How to apply? See D below!

The course will run if it attracts a sufficient number of applicants. The first meeting includes an introduction and sums up the first module “Global challenges and planetary boundaries”. Some homework is needed before the first meeting. Information on tasks will be presented on CANVAS and with an email (in case CANVAS is not working for all directly). The pace is set to about one module per every third week so part 1 is finished at the end of the term.

C – Designers/Engineers and Sustainable Development, 7,5 hp (IDE035F), planned to start spring semester 2021

The course consists of two parts; a theory part and a project part. The theory part (5 hp) is the same as for Course B, IDE055F, which introduces theories related to sustainable development within seven modules (for structure and content see B above). The project part (2,5 hp) is a project including a short literature review and a small project. The theoretical part is given over one term and the project is scheduled for the following.

Project part (fall semester 2021) includes:

  • A literature review of ongoing research in sustainability in relation to the student’s own discipline and
  • A project.

The project should include social aspects and at least some words/thoughts about economic aspects. The results could be reported as for instance a report, a seminar with a short written summary, a research proposal, visualization (poster, scale model etc.)

Approved curriculum for Designers/Engineers and Sustainable Development (IDE035F) on LTH web.

How to apply? See D below!

The course will be taught if it attracts a sufficient number of applicants. The first meeting includes an introduction and sums up the first module “Global challenges and planetary boundaries”. Some homework is needed before the first meeting. Information on tasks will be presented on CANVAS and with an email (in case CANVAS is not working for all). The pace is set to about one module per every third week so part 1 is finished at the end of the term.

D – Deadline for and the content of your application

Deadline for applications is on December 4th, 2020. Soon after that date, it will be decided, if the courses will be given based on the number of applicants, and the applicants will be informed if they are accepted or not. In case of vacancies late applications will be accepted until January 18th 2021, and vacancies will be filled in the order approved applications are received.

To apply, please send an email to cilla.perlhagen@design.lth.se answering the following questions
1. Name of course (including number of hp)
2. Your name and birth registration number
3. Division/department
4. Faculty
5. Research subject (forskarutbildningsämne)
6. Estimated stage in your PhD-studies in hp (as in your last formal plan)
7. Your main supervisor. Has your main supervisor agreed? Yes/No/Not asked yet/ other comment?