Concepts of Sustainability

The course contents comprise concepts, definitions and dimensions of sustainable development, indicators for sustainability, cases from different parts of the world.

5 ECTS Credits — Studies start 14 September 2022 — Åbo Akademi University

Photo credit: CIFOR, 2012, on Flickr.
Photo credit: CIFOR, 2012, on Flickr.

Course dates

14 September 2022 – 23 November 2022

Registration period

8 August 2022 – 1 September 2022

Coordinating university

Åbo Akademi University

Instructors

Sinikka Suomalainen

Credits

5 ECTS

Course dates: 14.09. - 23.11.2022
Registration dates: 08.08 - 01.09.2022
Coordinating university: Åbo Akademi University
Responsible teacher: Sinikka Suomalainen ()
Other course staff: Ea Blomqvist
Credits: 5 ECTS
Course offered: 2/3

Course summary

The course contents comprise concepts, definitions and dimensions of sustainable development, indicators for sustainability, cases from different parts of the world.

Learning outcomes

  • A general understanding how the process of sustainable development has proceeded
  • Familiarity with the international background documents
  • Understanding ways of measuring sustainability
  • Familiarity with good practical cases
  • Being able to discuss sustainability from several viewpoints and in relation to one's own life

Learning methods

Individual and group tasks, quizzes and writing a final essay.

Study materials

All study materials are available electronically.

Assessment

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

Course Schedule

Four thematic modules with deadlines for tasks 2 weeks per module, a longer period for the essay.

Additional information

The maximum number of participants is 45.

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.

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