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Special Area Studies (SAS)

Lund University offers exchange students the opportunity to take special interest courses in subjects such as Swedish culture and society, European studies, regional courses and global issues of contemporary interest. These courses give exchange students the chance to gain new knowledge and insight in subjects outside of your normal degree programme and the opportunity to pursue studies in Scandinavian/European topics that are of personal interest.

The SAS courses are only available to exchange students and can be taken in addition to your regular studies during your exchange period. All courses are worth 7.5 ECTS credits.  Check this website for application information The SAS courses are as demanding as any other course and include both exams and assignments. You must attend the introductory lecture and may not withdraw from the course without informing the relevant department first.

At the moment the IIIEE offers one SAS course. Course plan: PDF iconSASI01


Spring semester 2017

NB! The course is fully booked for spring semester 2017.

Mandatory introduction meeting on Wednesday 19th April 2017 10.00 - 12.00. Admitted students must attend this meeting to keep their place on the course.

Schedule: All Wednesdays 10.00-12.00 (on 24th May 10.00-13.00) and Fridays 09.00-12.00 from 19th April to 24th May. Please note that on the last day of the course, Wednesday 24th May, the class will last until 13.00.


Autumn semester 2017

Mandatory introduction meeting on Wednesday 1st November 2017 10.00 - 12.00. Admitted students must attend this meeting to keep their place on the course.

Schedule: All Wednesdays 10.00-12.00 and Fridays 09.00-12.00 from 1st November to 8th December.


SASI01 Greening the Economy - Lessons from Scandinavia

This is an interdisciplinary course that addresses sustainability, climate change and how to combine economic development with a healthy environment. The course will explore greening the economy on four levels – individual, business, city, and nation, and look at the relationships between these levels. Practical examples of the complexities and solutions across each level are discussed. A particular focus is placed on examples from Scandinavia, a pioneering place in advancing sustainability and combating climate change, and a unique starting point for learning about greening the economy.

On completion of the course the students shall be able to:

  • Describe the basic challenges involved in implementation of the Green  Economy
  • Describe basic concepts, strategies and technologies that can enable the green economy
  • Recognize how individual choices, business strategies, sustainable cities and national policies can promote or hinder greening the economy. 

Selected topics:

  • The concept of a green economy,
  • Consumer behavior - patterns and levels of consumption,
  • Business strategies for transition to a greener economy,
  • Sustainable cities,
  • National policies
  • Teaching and assessment 

The course involves lectures, seminars, a paper and smaller assignments. Seminars are compulsory, and active participation required to pass the course. Grading is based on individual and group performance, via a written exam, and a paper. Students are awarded one of the following grades: Fail, Pass or Pass with Distinction. 

Page Manager:

International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE)

Lund University P.O. Box 196, 22100 Lund, Sweden
Visiting Address: Tegnérsplatsen 4,Lund

Telephone: + 46 46 222 00 00 Fax: + 46 46 222 02 10