Environmental special course at the Helsinki University Centre for Environment:
Pathways to Sustainability Transformation 5 cr.

Science Day Theme 2017

HENVI organises annually an Environmental special course and a Student Science Day Event, which are linked to the theme of the Science Days. We invite the speakers of the Science Day to act as visiting teachers of the Student Science Day Event.


Course information

Course info

Environmental special course at the Helsinki University Centre for Environment

5 ECTS credits


Helsinki University Centre for Environment HENVI

Responsible teachers Katriina Soini, Janna Pietikäinen.

For more information, please contact
janna.pietikainen AT helsinki.fi


4. teaching period 2017

13 March - 11 May 2017

Place and working methods

Week 1
Lecture 1: Mon 13 March at 13-16
Venue: Biocentre 3. Viikinkaari 1, lecture hall 2402

Lecture 2: Tue 14 March at 13-16
Venue: Biocentre 3. Viikinkaari 1, lecture hall 2402

Week 2
Lecture 3: Tue 21 March at 13-16
Venue: Biocentre 3. Viikinkaari 1, lecture hall 2402

Group meeting 1: Wed 22 March at 13-16
Venue group 1: Environment House, meeting room 2025, Viikinkaari 2a, 2nd floor by the staircase, Viikki
Venue group 2: Infocentre Korona, the Library building, group work room 136, Viikinkaari 11, Viikki
Venue group 3: Infocentre Korona, the Library building, group work room 312, Viikinkaari 11, Viikk

Weeks 3-7
Work in groups with group supervisors; individual work. Group work is web based in Moodle. Meetings once a week. For every week the group selects captein, who calls group members to meet. Times and places will be agreed on in each group.

Week 5
Preliminary oral presentations
Time: Tue 11 April at 13-15
Venue: Lecture hall 2402, Biocentre 3, Viikinkaari 1.

Preliminary work presented to supervisors. Informal oral mid-way presentations.

Week 7
Turn in report. DL 28 April

Weeks 8-9
Plan and prepare presentation, DL for presentation slides 8 May

Week 9
Student Science Day Event with international experts.
Time Thu 11 May at 15:00-18:45
Venue: Minerva Plaza hall K232, Siltavuorenpenger, City Center Campus


Oodi logo WebOodi 14 Feb 2017 - 8 March 2017

In connection to registration in Weboodi, students are asked to list groups in their actual order of preference, beginning with rank #1 for the most preferred group.

We accept students to the groups using following principles:
- first come first served: time of course enrollment
- possibility to form multidisciplinary groups with students representing natural sciences and social sciences
- maximum number of students in the course is 24

Group work themes

Group 1: Transdisciplinary learning for sustainability. Comments by Professor Daniel Lang.

Group 2: Co-producing urban transformations. Comments by Professor Beth Perry, University of Sheffield

Group 3: Sarah Cornell: Planetary boundaries as a framework to identify human-induced changes to the environment.
Comments by Sarah Cornell, Stockholm Resilience Centre


Aim The aim of the workshop is to help students with different backgrounds (i.e., natural sciences, humanities or social sciences) to deepen their understanding of issues dealing with environmental reseach and its role in the society and decision making. We aim at concentrating on subjects represented by those invited speakers of the Science Day who act as workshop teachers.
Working environment

Group work is conducted web-based in Moodle

Group work is done as internet based e-learning using closed group work sites in a web-based teaching platform Moodle

Link to moodleLink to course Moodle site

Evalution 0-5. Based on group report and peer evaluation.

The course is open to all university students at intermediate or advanced level in their studies.

We aim to form multidisciplinary working groups with students from natural sciences, social sciences and humanities. Accordingly we hope to get registrations from all faculties and disciplines.

Course on the web The course group work and preparing the reports for the workshop is done using the learning platform Moodle.



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The previous workshops have covered following topics:


Environmental vulnerability logo 2016: Environmental vulnerabilities in the globalizing world


Logo 2015 Stephanie Lindstrom2015: Circular Economy and Sustainable Food Systems


Baltic Sea 2014: Past and Future Challenges in the Baltic Sea


Forest2013: Interdsciplinary approach to forests and climate change.


(c) Lindstrom 2012: Ecosystem services in urban areas


Science Days 2011 logo 2011: Why does society need environmental research


(c) Jurvetson _Flickr 2010: Man-made substances and the environment


Water2009: Water use and climate change