Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After the course student is familiar with the main principles of global governance and environmental policies and can also recognize international actors and actions in the field of sustainable development.

Credits: 2

Schedule: 20.09.2021 - 31.10.2021

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Olli Varis, Matleena Muhonen

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

  • All matters that concern this course and SGT Programme: Julia Renko (

Other contacts:

  • All matters that concern SGT Programme, SGT Studio course and student case studies: Matleena Muhonen (
  • Academic leader of SGT Programme: Olli Varis

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    This course gives an introduction to the state of the world and development. The course highlights the environmental, social and economic aspects of sustainable development and explores the dilemma of development. The course has guest lecturers from different universities and organizations.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:


    To pass the course student must attend lectures minimum of 80%. Assignment must be completed by the end of the course.

  • applies in this implementation

    • 80% attendance to the teaching sessions and five reflection entries are required.

    • Compensatory assignments are possible, but must be agreed in advance with course coordinator. Meeting the deadlines = passing the course.

    • The reflection assignments must be submitted on time. All entries must be submitted latest by 25th of October 2021. Reflection entries must include reference points to the lectures and lecture topics. Replying to some one else's reflection does not count as a submission.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures 24h
    Reading and independent study 30h

    Required attendance to lectures 80 %


Study Material
  • applies in this implementation

    Lecture slides and materials given during the lectures.

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    1 No Poverty

    6 Clean Water and Sanitation

    7 Affordable and Clean Energy

    8 Decent Work and Economic Growth

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption

    13 Climate Action

    15 Life on Land

    16 Peace and Justice Strong Institutions

    17 Partnerships for the Goals


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Course is open for students from all study fields.

    WAT Master s Students are not intended to participate in this course, as partly the same themes are covered in WAT-E1100 Water and Environmental Engineering course.

    Course is part of the Sustainable Global Technologies Programme (

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn I

    2021-2022 Autumn I

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.

    The course may not be organized if fewer than 5 students register to the course.

  • applies in this implementation

    This course is compulsory for all Creative Sustainability Master's students

    This course is prerequisite for the following courses:

    • WAT-E2060 Sustainable Built Environment (5 cr, period II)
    • WAT-E2070 Sustainable Global Technologies (SGT) Studio (10 cr, periods III-V)
    • ARK-E2007 Interplay of Cultures, Studio (10 cr, periods III-V)

    Course is also highly recommended for:

    • ARK-E2010 - Interplay of Cultures Research and Theory
    • 21E10000 - How to change the world: Innovating toward sustainability
    • JOIN-E7005 - IDBM Industry Project (the developing country/PBL case)