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Sustainable Development: Conflicts, Communication and Collaboration

Master's level | 15 credits | Course code: HE2234 | Sustainability focused
Spring 2021
100% Day
Period: 18 January 2021 - 24 March 2021
2 Opens 15 September GU-26754
2) Only EU/EEA citizens and students with approved residence permit in Sweden can apply

About the Course

The causes and driving forces behind natural resource conflicts are diverse, complex and often interlinked, including global economic growth, population increase, poor governance, and poverty. Natural resource conflicts range from armed conflicts to conflicts of interest between stakeholders in the various development planning processes. Such resource conflicts may be analyzed in relation to land, biodiversity, minerals, water and vulnerability in general (for instance pollution, food constraints, and heavy rainfall). 

In order to transform existing resource conflicts, as well as in order to decrease the risk for future conflicts, approaches that enhance and enforce collaboration for sustainable development at global, regional, national and local levels are key.

During the course, the driving forces behind natural resource conflicts and disputes at different levels and scales are critically analyzed, and approaches to facilitate and enforce mediation, transformation and collaboration at these levels and scales are presented and discussed. 

The course is concluded by students choosing a resource conflict which they, with the tools provided by the course, analyze in order to propose avenues of transformation and/or resolution.

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Requirements and Selection

Requirements: A completed core course of 15 higher education credits in the second cycle within the field of global studies. Alternatively a completed undergraduate degree in one of the following subjects: human ecology, global studies, social anthropology, political science, sociology, economics, international relations, development studies, environmental social science, or the equivalent competence. Language requirements: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS, or alternatively a bachelor's degree from an education held in English. 

Selection: Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies.

Tuition Fee

Application fee: 900 SEK
Full course cost: 21 250 SEK
First payment: 21 250 SEK

EU/EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students do not pay fees. More information on:

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School of Global Studies
Box 700
40530 Göteborg
Visiting address: Konstepidemins väg 2

Course that is sustainability-focused where at least one of the learning outcomes clearly shows that the course content meets one of the current sustainability criteria. The content with a focus on sustainability must also, in accordance with the criteria, constitute the course's main focus

Course that is sustainability-related where at least one of the learning outcomes clearly shows that the course content meets one of the current sustainability criteria.

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