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, the student is able to 

  • identify key drivers, principles and dynamics of global governance, security, and development  
  • recognize main actors and diverse actions in the field of sustainable development 

Credits: 2

Schedule: 09.09.2024 - 09.10.2024

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Matleena Muhonen

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

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 provides an overview of the current state of the world and pathways to sustainability. The contents highlight the environmental, socio-cultural, political, and economic aspects of global development and explore the dilemma of development through consultation of diverse societal viewpoints. The course features lectures delivered by high-level academic and industry experts.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:


    To pass the course student must attend lectures minimum of 80% and complete assignments by given deadlines. 

  • 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

    2 Zero Hunger

    3 Good Health and Well-being

    4 Quality Education

    5 Gender Equality

    6 Clean Water and Sanitation

    7 Affordable and Clean Energy

    8 Decent Work and Economic Growth

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    10 Reduced Inequality

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption

    13 Climate Action

    14 Life Below Water

    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: 2024-2025 Autumn I
    2025-2026 Autumn I


    Registration on Sisu ( The course may not be organized if fewer than 5 students register to the course.