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Social Theory and Sustainability

MESS32, 10 credits

Syllabus (current): Swe Eng (established 2013-10-22)

Literature list (current): Swe Eng (established 2019-06-13)
Literature list (previous): Swe Eng (established 2018-06-14)

The course discusses different theories of modern society and relates them to different approaches to sustainability and environmental problems. The focus will be on:

  • Theories of modern society and economy (e.g. Rousseau, Adam Smith, Marx, Hayek, Keynes, Habermas, Foucault, Feminist theories)
  • The complex interactions between different spheres of economy, politics and civil society when dealing with environmental questions as a social problem;
  • The tensions and trade-offs in the interactions between e.g. individual/ society, economy/ politics, cultural values/ technical efficiency, environment/ economy.
  • An overview of different philosophies of scientific knowledge (ontology and epistemology), empiricism, positivism, constructivism, critical realism; and the ability to identify and compare the underlying theory of science in each perspective.












Page Manager:

Course convenor


Turaj Faran
turaj [dot] faran [at] lucsus [dot] lu [dot] se


David OByrne

David O'Byrne
Doctoral Student
david [dot] o_byrne [at] lucsus [dot] lu [dot] se




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