MSc in Human Ecology - Culture, Power and Sustainability

Lund University

Program Description

MSc in Human Ecology - Culture, Power and Sustainability

Lund University

Programme overview

Our students get analytical tools for communicating about problems of sustainability from the perspective of such fields as anthropology, geography, sociology and economic history. As a complement to technological and natural science approaches, we put focus on the:

  • cultural dimensions of consumption and resource use
  • cultural perceptions of environment and economy
  • social science views on the global distribution of environmental problems

We aim to help students develop skills in communicating across boundaries of different disciplines, cultural traditions, or the interests of business, politics and social movements. We encourage critical scrutiny and a serious commitment to improve human-environmental relations worldwide. You will study the major social and environmental challenges of our time, including:

  • climate change and climate justice
  • unequal exchange and use of ecological resources
  • shift of environmental risks and problems to the poorest parts of world society

Combining different perspectives

Combination of perspectives on sustainability from the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences makes our programme stand out among others. It brings together lecturers and students from various backgrounds. We create truly interdisciplinary discussions about how culture, power and ecology interact in human-environmental relations. We do not shy away from discussing controversial questions about global power structures and inequalities of distribution.

Career prospects

In the third semester, many students get internships within organizations in various parts of the world. It is a great opportunity to apply your insights and practically engage with sustainability policies.

Our graduates get jobs in fields such as research, education, journalism, environmental management and development aid. They become equipped with knowledge on how to make the world more sustainable by critically assessing different options in policies, lifestyles and patterns of consumption.

Why Lund University?

Founded in 1666, Lund University is one of northern Europe’s oldest, broadest and finest universities. Ranked 70th in the QS World University Ranking 2015, the University is the #1 choice for international students coming to Sweden – one of the world's most innovative, creative and democratic countries.

If you want a truly global classroom experience where you can start your international network, Lund University is a great option to consider. Experience a different way of learning in a country ranked as the second best in the world at providing higher education. Group work and informal teacher-student relationships facilitate an in-depth level of learning.

The University is located in Lund - a charming and compact university city in southern Sweden, only 35 minutes from Copenhagen. The city is famous for its vibrant student life and is home to many world-leading research facilities and international companies.

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Last updated May 26, 2016
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This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2016
2 years
Full time
Start date Sept. 2016
Sweden Lund
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