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Earth Systems Science

MESB01, 10 credits

This foundational course focuses on the physical, chemical, and biological aspects of the global Earth system as they relate to sustainability challenges and intersections with society.

The course includes a strong focus on developing graduate-level academic writing skills, including small group peer-review sessions for the pre-course assignment and training in academic writing skills. These elements are combined to culminate in a scientific term paper.

The course format includes lectures, seminars and exercises, group work and out of classroom activities, and a three-day, two-night excursion through the natural and cultural landscapes of Skåne, based at a field station in Breanäs. 

An emphasis is also placed on effective communication, leadership, and group dynamics in a multicultural setting, laying the foundation for collaborative learning projects throughout the LUMES program.

Literature list

Literature list, established 2021-05-20 PDF (361 kB)


Note: From the autumn of 2022, this course will be replaced by MESB02 Earth Systems Science, 7.5 credits.


I found the content and scope of the course absolutely fantastic - ESS is a great starting point for us as we engage in sustainability research.


Student, Batch 24