Credits: 5

Schedule: 12.09.2019 - 17.10.2019

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation): 

Instructor Eeva

Teaching assistant Natalia Villaman,
best way to contact us is face to face. If you send email, give us at least 36
hours to reply.
hours will be held as needed
in slots of 30 minutes, dates
and times to be confirmed.


Details on the course content (applies in this implementation): 

This is a reading seminar with lectures. It poses
critical questions about sustainability and environmental management. Through a
selection of texts written for different audiences, the course will help
students to develop a sense that sustainability is a political issue and to
understand the implications of how environmental problems are framed in public
and academic life.

Elaboration of the evaluation criteria and methods, and acquainting students with the evaluation (applies in this implementation): 

completion of the course requires:

1. Active participation in teaching
attendance is required. Notify staff in advance if you have a problem with this.

2. Writing
weekly reaction papers
Submit at least 5 reaction papers to receive credit.
Your texts are shared with
everyone via MyCourses. Submit your text by 12:00 (noon) the day before each

3. An
essay of about 2000 words. Due 22.10.

Further instructions will be provided.

As part of course
participation, each student will be expected to lead one short discussion on
the texts, take notes and moderate discussion on the set readings.

Guidance on how to do reaction
papers (point 2 above) will be given in the first lecture and details of the
essay (point 3) in lecture 3 (26.9.2018).

Marks are given from 0 - 5.

Assessment criteria follow typical
expectations for masters level study as follows:

and research
Knowledge of the issue, evidence and illustrations provided, and appropriate
uses of sources. Ensure that you include materials from this course. (40%)

and argumentation
Ability to analyze and synthesize in order to make an argument; interpretation
and critical thought. (40%)

Communication: Language, quality of writing and care with referencing and
formatting. (Visual materials are less important) (20%).

Marking is based on the
overall quality of the submission.

You will receive feedback through interaction in
the classroom and some written individual comments on reaction papers.

Details on calculating the workload (applies in this implementation): 

18h course sessions

117h Preparing
course assignments including reading

Details on the course materials (applies in this implementation): 

Students should read required text(s), marked (R) in the syllabus, before the sessions and write a short reaction paper about it/them.

A reading list is provided in the syllabus (see pdf). Additional readings may be compiled in a cumulative reading list on My Courses as the course progresses.

Damian F, Alan Rudy, Brian J. Gareau (2016) Environments,
Natures and Social Theory
, is an excellent book and could be worth purchasing even.

Additional information for the course (applies in this implementation): 

Please read this text before the first session.

Scoones, I., M. Leach and P. Newell, eds (2015) The Politics of Green Transformation.
Chapter 1. The 'Politics of Green

Required texts are marked (R) in the syllabus and will be provided for your convenience as pdfs.

Details on the schedule (applies in this implementation): 

Week 1 12.09.2018              Introduction: sustainability and development are

Week 2 19.09.2018              Politics and narratives

Week 3 26.09.2018              Policy and governance

Week 4 03.10.2018              Nature and design

Week 5 10.10.2018              Difference and justice

Week 6 17.10.2018              A new political landscape


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