Main field(s) of study and in-depth level:
Sustainable Development G1N
Explanation of codes
The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:
G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.
A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.
Fail (U), Pass (G)
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
After taking the course, the student should be able to:
describe the concept of sustainable development - emergence, different dimensions and interpretations
define various examples of challenges and possible solutions for sustainable development at local, national and global levels
describe linkages among lifestyle choices, resource utilization and global sustainability challenges
describe sustainability work in their own local environment
seek, critically evaluate, compile and present information in the area of sustainability in writing, as well as
analyse, evaluate, and discuss current sustainability issues.
The course deals with the concept of sustainable development, the ecological foundations of human existence on Earth, and our way of using natural resources. Examples of themes that are covered are ecosystem services, biodiversity, climate change, water supply and energy systems. Lifestyle issues, leadership roles and political strategies for transition towards sustainable development are also addressed. Issues on ethics, health, cultural patterns, globalization and technological development are discussed in connection with sustainable development. The course also includes studies of sustainability aspects and the implications of the national environmental goals at the local area. This course illustrate many issues including; energy production, water purification, waste management, education for sustainable development, effects of natural resource use, social and economic structure and local problems, solutions, strategies and visions. In addition, the student carries out an independent in-depth work on any topic in the field of sustainable development.
The course is given as online education. Assignments are submitted in the e-classroom, and the student receives feedback from the teacher. In addition to the students' own literature studies, compulsory discussion forums and chat seminars are included.
Individual assignments (3 credits), individual written assignment of study at local level (1.5 credits), and written report of selected in-depth work (3 credits).
If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of the assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.