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Registration begins 45 days before the beginning of the course. The exact registration time is shown by clicking the Register button.

  • The online registration is available for those who have Finnish identity number and an online bankig ID.
  • If you don't have Finnish identity number and / or an online banking ID, you should register at the Admission Services of University of Helsinki.
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  • International students at the University of Helsinki can enrol on the course with their University of Helsinki username.

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Mainly students in Environmental Change and Global Sustainability Master Programme; Other interested students are welcome but priority will be given to ECGS students in case space is limited

Bachelor degree in relevant fields

After the course the student

  • Can describe and apply key concepts discussed and used in sustainability science
  • Understands the historical, methodological and ethical background of the field
  • Is able to identify scientific questions in sustainability science
  • Is able to identify interdisciplinary research strategies and their challenges to address these questions.
  • Is able to use the key concepts to explain sustainability issues to a wider audience

2nd period

The course consists of two parts. In the first part, we introduce key theoretical concepts underlying sustainability science(s) (for example, sustainability, resilience, adaptive systems, boundary conditions, natural capital, eco-system services, multi-, inter- and transdisciplinarity) and their history and use in sustainability science. In the second part, students form teams and conduct interviews with sustainability scientists at the University; students write a team report on the methodological and other challenges in interdisciplinary sustainability science projects, and prepare for their own work.

35 h of lectures and seminars, 50 h of independent activities, and 50 h of group work (total 135 hours=5 credits (27*5)

Lecture materials, textbooks, and own collected data.


  • Jeremy L. Caradonna (2014) : Sustainability: A History, Oxford University Press, 331 p.
  • Randall Curren and Ellen Metzgger (2017): Living well now and in the future: Why sustainability matters, MIT Press, 282 p.
  • Bert J.M. de Vries: Sustainability Science, Cambridge University Press, New York, 585 p.

Grading scale 0‒5; the grade is based on exam (50%) and a group report (50%). Detailed course evaluation criteria will be available in the Moodle

The course is organized in co-operation with the the Master's programme in environmental change and global sustainablity. The Master's programme in environmental change and global sustainablity arranges the course in which the Open University students (max 20 students) attend. They registrate themselves via Open University's study programme (Enrol).

See the exact schedule. The lectures will be streamed via Zoom.

Michiru Nagatsu