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The Effects of Higher Education in Economics, Law and Political Science on Perceptions of Responsibility and Sustainability
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences Education.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences Education.
2017 (English)In: Handbook of Theory and Practice of Sustainable Development in Higher Education: Volume 1 / [ed] Walter Leal Filho, Luciana Brandli, Paula Castro, Julie Newman, Springer, 2017, p. 159-170Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Problems of environmental degradation are often conceptualized in terms of collective action dilemmas, and imply an increased demand for coordination and steering by public authorities. Social science is struggling with understanding how attitudes to collective action dilemmas and state intervention actually are formed. In the literature on environmental attitude formation, education is often claimed to be an important factor. It is argued for example that people with university degrees develop certain values essential for beliefs about personal responsibility and concern for the environment. Still there are a number of questions unanswered. For example, we know little about the effects of different educational programs. In this study we test the hypotheses by using a unique longitudinal data set based on surveys distributed to students in economics, law, and political science at seven universities in Sweden. Our results show a slight decrease in ascribed personal responsibility for environmental protection among the students after one semester. Instead, students ascribe an increased responsibility to various institutions and actors.

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Springer, 2017. p. 159-170
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World Sustainability Series, ISSN 2199-7373
Keywords [en]
Higher education, Sustainability, Longitudinal data, Environmental support, Economics, Law, Political science
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Educational Sciences
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Educational Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-135549DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-47868-5_10ISBN: 978-3-319-47867-8 (print)ISBN: 978-3-319-47868-5 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-135549DiVA, id: diva2:1046233
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Swedish Research CouncilAvailable from: 2016-11-13 Created: 2016-11-13 Last updated: 2017-12-19Bibliographically approved

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