Human Security and Sustainable Development

7.5 credits

Throughout the last decades, human security and sustainable development have been fundamental concepts both in the academic discourse and on the international policy agenda related to the peace-development nexus. Centred on people rather than nations, human security focuses on identifying and reducing risks for the survival, well-being and dignity of human beings. Sustainable development comprises environmental, social, and economic sustainability. Though mutually reinforcing on a conceptual level, recent threats associated with climate change, violent conflict, the Covid-19 pandemic, horizontal inequalities and digital technology have caused a development-human security disconnect. This module defines the paradigms of human security and sustainable development, and closely examines the relationship between them. The value of either concept will be examined in relation to threats and risks identified at different scale and scope. Students will apply the concepts to numerous case studies in international development cooperation and human security interventions.

Växjö – the student city with a living campus

Just south of Växjö’s city centre you will find Linnaeus University’s campus. In Växjö, many students choose to live on campus.

Here you will have five minutes’ walking distance to friends, restaurants, lecture rooms, gym, grocery store, the University Library, nature trails, and student pubs. If you live in another part of Växjö, you can quickly get to the university by bus or bicycle.

With its 90 000 inhabitants, Växjö is one of the fastest growing cities in Sweden. Here you will find the famous Småland entrepreneurship spirit and a lot of companies, for instance within the IT industry – perfect for when you are looking for an internship position or a job. Växjö is also a picturesque city where you are always close to forests and water.

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Build your own degree

Did you know that you can combine single-subject courses to build your own degree? In this way, you can design your own degree based on your interests and the career you are aiming for. This does not apply to all courses so make sure to check with a study counsellor at the faculty. Learn more about how you can build your own degree and become unique on the labour market.