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  • Fundamentals of Sustainable Development (SSP2011)

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    Sustainable development means different things to different people. Most definitions imply an appropriate balance between economic, ecological and social developments, the achievement of human well-being for all, and the balance between current and future generations, and between local and global developments. Students are challenged to assess the multiple dimensions, interlinkages and consequent trade-offs involved in the field of sustainable development by examining most important concepts and theories regarding the environment-economy-society interface from various disciplines. Throughout the course, students will discuss sustainable development in relation to its challenges for (sustainability) science and policy-making.

  • Global Dynamics of Sustainable Development (SSP2021)

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    Globalisation – in the broadest sense of the word – is one of the central phenomena of our times. But what is globalisation exactly? And what does it mean for sustainability? In order to explore sustainable development in a rapidly evolving and complex global system, a thorough understanding of the dynamics of global change and globalisation is essential. The increased extensity, intensity and velocity of the interactions between various social, economic, ecological, and technological changes at the global scale result in unprecedented trans-border processes and effects.

  • Governance for Sustainable Development (SSP2041)

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    The quest for a sustainable society challenges our political-institutional system, where we observe a shift from a ‘government-model’ to ‘governance-approaches’. However, like sustainable development, governance is a contested concept. It’s about new relations between actors from different societal domains, such as the state, the market, and the civil society. It’s about collective action by multiple actors, involving multiple sectors at multiple scale levels. It’s about new multi-actor constellations, and their structures, institutions, processes, resources and instruments. It’s about different modes of governance, depending on prevailing worldviews and perspectives.

  • Knowledge for Sustainable Development at the Interface of Science, Policy and Society (SSP2031)

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    In matters of sustainable development, policy making and knowledge production are entangled in many ways. Policy makers, for instance, will need scientific knowledge to justify and target their plans. Likewise, scientists hope to make their findings about sustainability useful and to inform policy makers. In this course we will investigate the various ways in which scientific knowledge production and policy making are intertwined or clash.

  • Methodology for Sustainability Assessment (SSP2062)

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    To facilitate policymaking in the pursuit of sustainable development, sustainability assessment can assist in the task of making both problems and solutions more concrete. An important element is problem structuring: the analysis of drivers, uncertainties and problem perceptions pertaining to the sustainability issue under investigation. It also includes the exploration of possible future pathways, and the evaluation of multiple policy strategies through which sustainable development might be pursued.

  • PBL and Academic Skills (SSP1022)

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    Skills training

    This master’s course aims to equip students with the communications competences required of sustainability professionals, whether in the public, private, or social sector. The knowledge and expertise students acquire throughout the master’s programme must be communicated effectively to a wide audience to leverage impact for sustainable development. The course includes two core components addressing writing and presenting, and is complemented by trainings in PBL (Problem-Based-Learning) and Intercultural Communication.

  • Scientific Writing and Presenting (SSP1021)

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    Skillstest

    Scientific Writing and Presenting

  • Seminar Series (SSP1071)

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    Skillstest

    In the Seminar Series guest speakers from different societal domains such as government, business, civil society and science present their ideas and latest work in the field of sustainable development, and share their experiences with students.

  • Sustainability Assesment Skills (SSP4011)

    Start: Period 2, Period 3, Period 4

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    Skillstest

    Sustainability Assessment (SA) can be defined as a structured process dealing with a sustainability issue, using knowledge from various scientific disciplines and/or stakeholders, such that integrated insights are made available to decision makers. Applying SA in practice requires specific skills. The aim of this skills course is that students learn to apply some widely-used methods/tools of SA, and become familiar with its rules of application, strengths, and pitfalls.

  • Sustainability Assessment Project (SSP2071)

    Start: Period 5

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    Course

    The Sustainability Assessment project requires students to compare, combine and integrate different concepts, methods and tools, and transferring them to the case study context in order to develop a sound research plan, which will be carried out by the student project team during the course.

  • Sustainability, Law and the Environment (SSP2052)

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    Course

    Given the existence of global environmental problems, it is of utmost importance to have adequate international law approaches in order to steer the behavior of governments and private actors towards more sustainable behavior. At the same time, the international community has acknowledged that environmental law should not have a single environmental focus and that law should be developed on the basis of a balance between economic, social and environmental concerns. It is however not easy to reconcile the often single-focused legal approaches, based on competences for regulatory action, with such a broad balancing of different interests.

  • Thesis Proposal Seminar (SSP3011)

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    Thesis

    The thesis trajectory of the Master SSP programme consists of two phases: first, the Thesis Research Proposal (SSP3011) and second, the Thesis Research, Writing, and Presenting period (SSP3021).

  • Thesis Research and Writing (SSP3021)

    Start: Period 5, Period 6

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    Thesis

    The Master’s thesis builds on knowledge, attitude and skills (competencies) you have acquired in the courses of the SSP programme. Content-wise, your thesis should focus on a real-world sustainable development problem and comprise an (integrative) analysis that might result in recommendations for further research and/or policymaking in pursuit of sustainable development. Methodologically, your thesis should be based on a scientific approach in the emerging field of Sustainability Science and, where appropriate, makes use of different methods for data collection and analysis.