DCC Sustainable Denmark: How can We achieve Sustainable Development

Course content

Affluence and/or Sustainability? Socio-Environmental Histories of Denmark since 1970

The global quest for sustainable development causes specific challenges for affluent societies like Denmark. How do we promote worldwide equality while solving local and global environmental problems like climate change, and social challenges like inequality? Can continued economic growth on which our affluence is grounded really last or do we have to choose between affluence and sustainability?

A cursory introduction to the recent socio-environmental history of Denmark that focuses on such issues as social cohesion, pollution, energy, biodiversity, climate change, knowledge production, governance, economy, technology and everyday environmentalism will form the common ground for transnational and transdisciplinary comparisons. In seminars and discussions, different analytical approaches will be put on the line and their reach and applicability tested prerequisites for a truly sustainable development will be elaborated.

The course is arranged by Centre for Sustainable Futures in collaboration with Sustainability Science Centre, UCPH.


Name of Exam: HHIB10211E Historical Theme 1/Historisk tema 1

Teaching is organized as three-hour sessions twice a week. During the first two thirds of the semester, classes will vary between teacher presentations, discussions, group work, and excursions. The last third will mainly consist of supervision, individually or in groups.

As course literature, we will use the unpublished manuscript of the basic reader Bo Fritzbøger: Affluence and/or Sustainability? An introduction to Environmental Histories of Denmark since 1970, which will be uploaded on the course web page.

A number of other texts will also be uploaded in Absalon before the start of the semester. 

The course is offered to exchange students, fee-paying guest students and to credit students from other Danish Universities enrolled at the University of Copenhagen.

The course is also offered as a free elective bachelor course. Please see: (link pending)

Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Written assignment

Written take-home assignment with an optional subject approved by the lecturer. The topic should be either transnational or transdisciplinary (or both). 16-20 standard pages.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 84
  • Preparation
  • 175
  • Exam Preparation
  • 129,5
  • English
  • 388,5