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Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science: Concepts, Challenges and Approaches in Sustainability Studies

SASI03. Open to exchange students only.

Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science: Concepts, Challenges and Approaches in Sustainability Studies (SASI03) is an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of sustainability studies.

This course gives you an introduction to some of the approaches, theoretical concepts and tools used in sustainability studies. The course uses problem solving and critical approaches to explore some key sustainability challenges, e.g. climate change, biodiversity loss, ocean acidification and land-system change. The course integrates natural and social dimensions of these challenges. In this way it covers the scientific understanding of, theoretical perspectives on, and social perceptions of major sustainability challenges.

Course period 2024

2 September - 31 October. Classes on Mondays 9-12 and Wednesdays 13-16.

Literature list

Literature list, established 2023-06-07 (PDF, 253 kB)

This course is open to exchange students only

Read more about exchange studies at Lund University here.

What do students think about the course?

"I really enjoyed the closeness and openness of the lecturers and that most of them also have practical experiences with the subject. I find it hard to be convinced by lecturers who teach based on theories only without any real life scenarios but in this course the lecturers talked about their experiences and achievements in countries all over the world which was really interesting"

"I thought it was great to have so many lecturers from so many different backgrounds because I felt like everyone was teaching about something they knew a lot about and were passionate about"

"I loved the diversity of lecturers and how each one brought a unique aspect to their presentation due to their background and specialty!"

About Special Area Study (SAS) courses

SASI03 is a Special Area Study (SAS) course, open for exchange students only.

Nominated exchange students can apply for so-called 'Special Area Study' (SAS) courses in a wide range of subjects across eight out of nine faculties at Lund University. These courses are a wonderful opportunity for you to learn more about subjects outside your major. The course offerings include courses mostly focusing on one discipline as well as interdisciplinary courses tackling contemporary societal and environmental issues at different levels.

Read more about SAS courses at


Amanda Elgh
Student Coordinator LUCSUS
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