The Master's programme in Development, Environment and Cultural Change (DECC) is a two year full-time study of 120 ECTS credits.
|4. semester||Work on SUM4091 – Master's Thesis in Culture, Environment and Sustainability|
|3. semester||Work on SUM4091 – Master's Thesis in Culture, Environment and Sustainability|
Students beginning august 2019: Elective course
Students beginning august 2020: SUM4300 – Text Lab
|Elective course||Elective course|
|1. semester||SUM4200 – Key Issues in Development and Environment||SUM4100 – Research Methods and Project Design|
|10 ECTS credits||10 ECTS credits||10 ECTS credits|
SUM4300 – Text Lab will be compulsory in the second semester for program students beginning from august 2020 and onwards.
The Master's curriculum offered by DECC follows this structure:
Compulsory courses (30/40 credits)
- SUM4200 – Key Issues in Development and Environment , (autumn, 15 credits)
- SUM4100 – Research Methods and Project Design , (autumn, 15 credits)
SUM4300 – Text Lab will be compulsory for program students beginning from august 2020 and onwards.
Elective courses (30/20 credits)
The list is changed and updated annually in November.
- SUM4019 – Consumption, Sustainability and Social Change , (spring, 10 credits)
- SUM4029 – Global Governance for Sustainable Development , (spring, 10 credits)
- SUM4032 – Development and Sustainability in Contemporary Asia: Connections, Contradictions and Change , (spring, 10 credits)
- SUM4033 – Environmental Humanities: From Civil Disobedience to Extinction Rebellion , (spring, 10 credits)
- SUM4300 – Text Lab , (spring, 10 credits)
- SUM4910 – Internship , (spring, 10 credits)
- SUM4501 – Achieving the SDGs: Global Goals and National Interests , (spring, 5 credits)
- SUM4502 – INCLUDE – Socially Inclusive Energy Transition , (spring, 5 credits)
- SUM4503 – Preventing Pandemics: Security, Development and Global Governance Challenges , (spring, 5 credits)
- SUM4504 – International Political Economy of Energy , (spring, 5 credits)
- SUM4505 – Capitalism, Corruption and the Climate Crisis , (spring, 5 credits)
- SUM4531 – Latin America in the New Global Resource Politics , (spring, 5 credits)
It is possible to apply for recognition of 20 credits taken in other subjects when these can be seen as relevant for the candidate’s Master's Thesis. Consult the Study Coordinator if you wish to do so. For students interested in energy and practice theory, and want a supplement to SUM4502 – INCLUDE – Socially Inclusive Energy Transition, we recommend the one week course Energy Society and Practices at Durham University.
Masters thesis (60 credits)
- SUM4091 – Master's Thesis in Culture, Environment and Sustainability , (autumn and spring, 60 credits)
Teaching and learning methods
The teaching methods at the programme are based on lectures, seminars and workshops.
Forms of examination and assessments
Examination forms at the programme are mainly written, invigilated exams and term paper assignments. The evaluation of the thesis is based on an assessment of the written thesis as well as an oral examination, during which the students will have the opportunity to defend the thesis.
Diploma and degree
This programme leads to the following degree: Master of Philosophy in Development, Environment and Cultural Change.
Courses formerly included in the program
- SUM4015 – The science and politics of climate change - understanding the challenges (discontinued)
- SUM4024 – Humanist Perspectives on the Environment
- SUM4023 – The Political Economy of Global Health
- SUM4025 – Philosophical Foundations of Ecomodernity
- SUM4026 – What Works? Success Stories in International Development
- SUM4026M – What Works? Promising Practices
- SUM4027 – Food and Sustainability
- SUM4028 – Emerging Economies and Challenges to Sustainability
- STV4347B – Linkages between Politics and Society in Developing Countries (discontinued)
- STV4324B – The Politics of Poverty
- SUM4031 – Latin American Politics and Development
- SUM4030 – Environmental Humanities