Purpose and learning objectives

After completing the course, the student is expected to be able to:

  • compare and reflect upon different theoretical perspectives in the field of globalization, environment and social change, and related challenges.
  • account for and analyse the processes driving globalization, environmental and social change and related challenges, and the effects of such processes in time and space.
  • analyse the ways in which global and local processes interact and shape local environments, conditions and opportunities for local populations.
  • gather and assess information, analyse complex phenomena and evaluate the results of one’s own work and that of fellow students, within the field for the course.

Content and teaching methods

The course introduces different perspectives on globalization, environment and social change. It examines contemporary challenges in the light of past and present socio-economic and environmental changes brought about by globalization. The course addresses the linkages between environmental issues, social and economic development and political processes, both at the global and local level. A geographical perspective highlights how the effects of these processes vary between different places and between global North and South.

The module contains introduction, lectures and seminars.

Course facts

Course coordinator: Ilda Lourenco-Lindell
Course code: KG7242
Name in Swedish: Globalisering, miljö och social förändring
Namn in English: Globalization, Environment and Social Change
Cycle: Second Cycle
Main field of study: Geography
Language of instruction: English
Credits: 15 higher education credits
Pace percentage: 100%, i.e. full-time
Delivery mode: On campus
Course start: Autumn Semester
Semester period: A–B
Entrance requirements: Bachelor’s degree in a subject relevant to the course and English 6.
Selection:  All students acceptet to the Master’s Programme in Globalization, Environment and Social Change, 120 HECs, will be accepted.
Application: First semester students on the Master’s Programme in Globalization, Environment and Social Change, 120 HECs, are registered by automatic procedure.


Detailed information, including grading criteria, is presented at the course introduction and via the learning environment Athena. Syllabus, reading list and schedule are published below. When the syllabus is revised, this takes place no later than one month before the last application date. The reading list is usually revised each time the course is given and this is done no later than two months before the course starts. The schedule is available here no later than one month before the course starts, but minor schedule adjustments can be made later.