20.9. – 29.11.2017

Concepts of Sustainability

Concepts of Sustainability

Course Dates: 20.09.2017 - 29.11.2017
Registration Dates: 15.08.2017 - 02.09.2017
Coordinating University: Åbo Akademi University
Coordinator: Sinikka Suomalainen, sinikka.suomalainen(at)abo.fi
Credits: 5 ECTS
Course Level: General

Course Summary:

Course contents comprises concepts, definitions and dimensions of sustainable development, indicators for sustainability, cases from different parts of the world.


  • To give a general understanding how the process of sustainable development has proceeded
  • To familiarize oneself with the international background documents
  • To learn ways to measure sustainability
  • To study good practical cases
  • To discuss sustainability from several viewpoints and in relation to one's own life

Learning Methods:

Individual and group tasks, quizzes and writing an essay. Deadlines for tasks are 2 weeks per module (there are 4 thematic modules).

Study Materials:

Material on the internet, papers from Environmental Science - understanding, protecting and managing the environment in the Baltic Sea region. 2003. Ed. Rydén Lars. Chapter 25, Tage Sundström, Lars Rydén. The Baltic University Press, Uppsala 2003. All study materials are available electronically.


Grade 0-5. The final mark will consist of an evaluation of essay, individual and group tasks, quizzes and active participation.

Additional Information:

Max 45 participants. This course is arranged by the Open University at Ã…bo Akademi University. Students from the Open University have a participation fee of 50 euros (see: http://www.abo.fi/student/en/englishcourses)

Open University students: when registering, please write "open university" in the compulsory field meant for the student number.

Registration for this course is closed.