19.9. – 28.11.2018

Concepts of Sustainability

Concepts of Sustainability

Course Dates: 19.9-28.11.2018
Registration Dates:
20.08.2018 - 03.09.2018
Coordinating University:
Åbo Akademi University
Sinikka Suomalainen, sinikka.suomalainen(at)abo.fi
Credits: 5 ECTS
Course Level:

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:

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 Åbo Akademi University. Students from the Open University have a participation fee of 50 euros (see: https://www.abo.fi/en/centre-for-lifelong-learning/the-open-university/)

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

Registration for this course is closed.