Sustainable Development of Denmark in the World

Affluence and/or Sustainability? Socio-Environmental Histories of Denmark Since 1970.

The global quest for sustainable development causes specific challenges for affluent societies like Denmark. How do we promote worldwide equality while solving local and global environmental problems like climate change, and social challenges like inequality? Can continued economic growth on which our affluence is grounded last, or do we have to choose between affluence and sustainability?

A cursory introduction to the recent socio-environmental history of Denmark that focuses on such issues as social cohesion, pollution, energy, biodiversity, climate change, knowledge production, governance, economy, technology, and everyday environmentalism will form the common ground for transnational and transdisciplinary comparisons. In seminars and discussions, different analytical approaches will be put on the line and their reach and applicability-tested prerequisites for truly sustainable development will be elaborated.

The course is arranged by the Centre for Sustainable Futures in collaboration with Sustainability Science Centre, UCPH.

Course code: HDCB01161U
Credits: 15 ECTS
Duration: 1 semester
Available: Autumn semester.