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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.
  • If don't have Finnish identity number and/or an online ID and you live outside Finland / cannot visit University of Helsinki, it is unfortunately impossible for you to register to the course.
  • International students at the University of Helsinki can enrol on the course with their University of Helsinki username.

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University of Helsinki username

As an Open University student you'll get the University of Helsinki username to access the university's IT systems. The username should be activated after the registration online or at the university.

Online activating requires strong electronic identification. If it is not possible, you should visit the Helsinki University ID-point.

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The ECSTS credits

The ECTS credits are possible to people who have a Finnish identity number.

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Open University reserves the right to make changes to the study programme

The course is organized in co-operation with the Master's Programme in Atmospheric Sciences. Master's Programme in Atmospheric Sciences arranges the course in which the Open University students (max XX students) attend. They registrate themselves via Open University's study programme (Enrol).


Knowledge of climate change and sustainability, for example from courses: Climate.now and/or Sustainable.now/Leadership for sustainable change.



Leadership for sustainable change


Overarching learning goal is being able to mitigate and solve sustainability problems.
1. Systems thinking competence:
Having completed the course, the student is able to understand structure and dynamics of complex
systems related to solving sustainability challenges in a real-life project.
● Student can describe given sustainability challenges from multiple perspectives.
2. Anticipatory competence:
After the course, the student is able to anticipate possible and/or sustainable futures related to
solving practical sustainability challenges.
● Student can apply his/her knowledge in order to predict possible outcomes of sustainability
projects and compare those with alternative scenarios.
● Student is able to manage expectations and anticipated results of projects.
3. Normative competence:
Having completed the course the student is able to differentiate, justify, and apply values and goals
for sustainability.
● Student can approach sustainability challenges from a normative perspective and recognize
the different values guiding the project at hand.
4. Strategic competence:

Having completed the course, the student is able to create transition and intervention strategies to
enact change.
● Student understands the basic principles of project management and can plan and lead a
project from beginning to end.
● Student feels comfortable using different project management tools and understands the
basics of working with companies and other stakeholders.
● Student is able to reflect on, and deal with, possible risks.
5. Interpersonal competence:
After the course, the student has developed his/her communicative and collaborative skills.
● Student is able to organize and manage working in a multi-disciplinary team of individuals.
● Student understands the basics of projects’ internal and external communications.
● Student can apply collaborative working methods in his/her work.

The course will be lectured every year in the III period.

I. Orientation phase

● Problem- and project-based learning method
● Sustainability competencies and learning objectives
● Sustainability challenge – how is it different from other challenges?
● How to work with companies
● Team building (code of cooperation; clarifying expectations; building trust)
● Formalizing the partnership with stakeholders
● Personal goals and objectives for course
● Meaning of sustainability for me

II. Framing the project
● Different methodological frameworks and methods for project work (e.g. descriptive-
analytical, normative and instructional methods)
● Project management techniques and tools
● Methods and tools for solving sustainability problems
● Defining challenges with companies
● Defining challenges as sustainability challenges
● Reviewing required and available expertise and developing project-management plan
● Expectations and anticipated results of project
● Anticipated risks and how to tackle them

III. Doing the project
● Collaborative tools for teamwork
● Prototyping, testing feasibility of solution
● Project communication

● Testing the solution + peer-review from stakeholders/experts
● Documenting the process
● Delivering results
● Assessment of project
● Personal development and sustainability competencies
● Positive ecological footprint?

IV. Implementation:
● How to continue from here?

Self- and peer-assesment 30%

Teacher's assessment 40%

Client's assessment 30%

5 credits = 5 x 27 hr = 135 hr

Contact/virtual lessons (3 x 2h = 6h) 16.1., 23.1., ja 30.1. at 9-11 am.

Teamwork 85h

Individual work 35h


The course consists of three online sessions and online learning material. Students write learning diary individually and work in small groups to make one project work that will be presented in the end of course.

The small groups make project plan, report and a blog article about their project.

Remote participation is possible.

Nina Sarnela