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: 12.09.2022 - 12.10.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

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

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

Julia Sundman

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 high-level 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.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Guest lectures 24h
    Reading and independent study 30h

    Required attendance to lectures 80 %


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:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Autumn I
    2023-2024 Autumn I

    Enrollment :

    Registration on Sisu (

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