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TEK045 - Global perspective on sustainability
Owner: TELTA
5,0 Credits (ECTS 7,5)
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Level: B

Teaching language: Swedish

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 No Sp
0105 Written and oral assignments 5,0 c Grading: TH   5,0 c    

In programs

TDATA COMPUTER SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING - Other elective courses, Year 4 (elective)
MTS Humans, Technology, Society, Year 1 
TELTA ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING - Environmental studies, Year 3 (elective)


Bitr professor  Erik Bohlin
Docent  Jan Jörnmark

MTS course The course contains theme environment


For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.


This course will examine different disciplinary perspectives in order to develop critical thinking about the future of the natural and social environment.


A major goal for the course is to build a wider notion of sustainability encompassing environment, economy, social structures and culture. Among the perspectives we will make use of are - history, sociology, economy, psychology, philosophy and ethics. The issues we will examine will include cultural conflicts attendant upon the introduction of new technologies, future visions of society and their relations to contemporary attitudes in science and technology, and the globalization of social and environmental issues.


The aim of the course is to support students to develop the ability to analyse problems related to the vision of a globally sustainable society. We ask questions such as: What is needed to support a socially, ecologically, and economically sustainable societal development? Can we use technology in order to create a sustainable society? Or does technology lead to a more environmentally damaged society? The course will examine societal visions and their relationship to the prevailing attitude towards science and technology, the globalisation of society and environmental issues, and cultural conflicts depending on the introduction of new technology. In order to understand these complex relationships the course will take account of perspectives from history, sociology, economy, psychology, philosophy, ethics, and other areas.

After the course the students should have acquired i) basic knowledge regarding issues that are particularly problematic from a sustainability perspective (among them transportation issues, energy issues and issues concerning population growth), ii) the ability to understand the role of technology in solving and creating problems in society, and iii) the ability to tie these new insights concerning sustainable development and technology to questions concerning the students own education and future work life.


Lectures and seminars.


Azapagic, A., P., Slobodan, Clift, R. (2004). Sustainable Development in Practice. Chichester: Wiley, and up-to-date articles distributed during the course.


An essay based on project work, hand-in assignments and take home exam. Grades: F, 3, 4, 5.

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