The first term of LUMES comprises four compulsory full-time courses given in the following order:
- Earth Systems Science, 7.5 credits
- Social Sciences and Sustainability, 7.5 credits
- Methodology for Sustainability Science, 7.5 credits
- Sustainability Science, 7.5 credits
The first term provides a foundation for understanding local and global sustainability challenges as well as interaction between ecological and societal systems and the social science theories that help us understand our present social development pathway. In addition, the semester serves to introduce the subject of sustainability science and basic methodological approaches.