Environmental issues are complex. A system’s perspective is required in order to understand today’s multidisciplinary environmental problems, and to identify both long-term solutions and alternatives. The course is founded in systems science theories (system analysis and system dynamics) and approaches problem solving with the help of conceptual and quantitative modelling, and scenario techniques focusing on natural resource management, anthropogenic environmental impact and sustainability. The course includes both theoretical and practical components.

After taking the course it is expected that the student will be able to:

  • identify, represent and analyse environmental systems and associated dynamic structures
  • utilize system theoretical methods to conduct diagnostic and prognostic analyses of diverse environmental problems, including identification of sub-systems, processes, delays and non-linear behaviour
  • apply conceptual modelling on practical examples
  • use aggregated computer-based modelling
  • apply scenario techniques, analyse and evaluate scenario assumptions and results
  • analyse uncertainty, knowledge and values when assessing risks

The course is part of Master's Programme in Environmental Management and Physical Planning but can also be read as a separate course.

Language of instruction



Autumn term, period A-B. Study tempo 100%.


Competence equivalent to at least 90 ECTS credits in Earth sciences, geography, biology-earth sciences, biology, environmental sciences, or equivalent science or civil engineering competence is required. Also required is knowledge equivalent to Swedish upper secondary school course English B/English 6.


Application period for autumn term: 15 March until 15 April.

• Applications are made via www.universityadmissions.se

This also applies to master's students who are going to apply for optional courses within a program.