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Social sustainability of work life, businesses and the society

The course is given as a stand-alone course

The course provides an introduction to the concept of social sustainability from different perspectives.

When we discuss social sustainability, lots of questions arise that we want to be able to answer:
• What does social responsibility mean for the individual, the leader, the company and society?
• How much responsibility should we take for future generations and what impact do we have in our company or in our environment?
• What does socially sustainable leadership mean?
• How can we work with social sustainability in companies and organizations?

These and similar questions we will delve into during the course.

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TN0346-10174 - Course evaluation report

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TN0346 Social sustainability of work life, businesses and the society, 7.5 Credits

Social hållbarhet i arbetsliv, företagande och samhälle

Syllabus approved



Agricultural science Technology

Education cycle

First cycle

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, entry requirements only from upper secondary school(G1N)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

The equivalent of general entrance requirements for higher education studies.


The overall purpose of this course is to increase your understanding of social sustainability from various perspectives, which includes the perspective of the world-wide society, the social responsibility of enterprises and the need of the individual for a healthy and stimulating place of work. You will also acquire an understanding of the importance of leadership for social sustainability in organizations. You are going to gain an insight in how enterprises can create value both for their business and for the society by working strategically on societal sustainability issues. You will obtain a process based method to plan, carry out and evaluate interventions in organizations, which are value-adding from the perspective of sustainability.

On completion of the course, students will be able to:
- explain and specify the meaning of social sustainability as a concept, from an organizational, a societal and a global perspective
- be able to evaluate and improve the social sustainability in the production process and in the supply chains of an enterprise
- reflect upon various aspects on the theme leadership and organization in relation to increased social sustainability in organizations
- follow a systematic procedure to plan, conduct and evaluate an intervention aimed at increasing the social sustainability of an organization
- explain and exemplify how an enterprise can work strategically for social sustainability by finding business solutions that also improve societal challenges
- reflect upon your own professional role in the endeavor towards an improved social sustainability in business and in the society


The course use various modes of education in order to promote teacher facilitated learning, student centered activities as well as discussions, by lectures, seminars, excercises in groups and individually, supported by an interactive learning platform. The students conduct an extensive group work in cooperation with an organization. The teaching is mainly on-line but one or two compulsory days are situated at the campus of SLU in Alnarp.

The course comprises of both theoretical parts and elements of practice on the subject of social sustainability, and discuss concepts like sustainable leadership, organization, psychosocial working environment, global development, social responsibility of business, theories of social change and global justice.

Formats and requirements for examination

The course will be examined in terms of a written home exam, exercises and seminars. To obtain the course credits, approved participation in all seminars, approved project presentation and approved exercises will be required.

The project work presentation is compulsory, attending the course introduction at campus is compulsory for obtaining course credits.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Additional information

The course is given as a 25% of full time distance tuition course and it´s conducted at home by studying literature, doing written work and carrying out a project work at an organization. The course begins with a mandatory introduction at the SLU campus in Alnarp. All students must have a computer with an internet connection.

Responsible department

Department of People and Society

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom landskap och trädgård (PN - LT)

Förklara och konkretisera begreppet social hållbarhet ur ett organisatoriskt, samhälleligt och globalt perspektiv


Kan dessutom kritiskt diskutera dessa begrepp och definitioner


Kan dessutom förklara begreppet genom att ge konkreta exempel


Förklarar begreppet social hållbarhet ur ett organisatoriskt, samhälleligt och globalt perspektiv

Kunna analysera och förbättra den sociala hållbarheten i företagets produktion och värdekedjor


Kan också visa prov på att kunna tillämpa ett systematiskt arbetssätt för att göra detta


Kan dessutom värdera och diskutera utfallet av ett sådant arbetssätt


Känner till arbetssätt för att systematiskt kunna för att planera, genomföra och utvärdera effekterna av insatser för ökad social hållbarhet i verksamheten och dess värdekedjor

Reflektera över betydelsen av ledarskap och organisering för en ökad social hållbarhet i organisationer


Kan också värdera olika insatser i organisationen i relation till den sociala hållbarheten


Kan dessutom diskutera detta med hjälp av konkreta exempel


Kan förklara hur organisation och ledning påverkar den sociala hållbarheten i en verksamhet

Förklara och exemplifiera hur ett företag kan arbeta strategiskt med social hållbarhet och kombinera affärsnytta med lösningar på samhällsproblem


Kan ge förslag på och analysera hur en befintlig verksamhet kan utveckla mer socialt hållbara affärsmodeller


Kan förklara detta genom att beskrivande exempel


Kan förklara hur ett företag kan kombinera affärsnytta med lösningar på samhällsproblem

Reflektera över sin egen professionella roll i utvecklingen mot en ökad social hållbarhet i företagande och samhälle


Kunna reflektera över vilka attityder/färdigheter/kompetenser som behöver utvecklas och hur studenten personligen ska gå tillväga för ett livslångt lärande inom detta område


Dessutom kunna förklara hur studenten i sin framtida professionella roll kan bidra till ökad social hållbarhet


Kunna beskriva hur de egna attityder/kunskap/kompetens inom social hållbarhet har utvecklats under kursens gång

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 19027 SEK Cycle: First cycle
Subject: Agricultural science Technology
Course code: TN0346 Application code: SLU-10174 Location: Alnarp Distance course: Yes Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of People and Society Pace: 25%