Global sustainability

The Global Sustainability study track comprises of disciplinary modules. Most of the study modules are 15 ECTS. You can choose two different modules (15 + 15 ECTS credits) to complete the required 30 ECTS credits for your advanced studies. Some modules also offer the possibility to expand the module with elective studies to 30 ECTS credits for more in-depth competence within the module.

The Environmental policy and economics module provides the students with skills to analyze the economic, policy and governance aspects of human environmental interactions and to propose economically viable transition policies toward sustainability. In particular, the students learn to incorporate complex institutional, economic, socio-political, cognitive, ecological and technological factors in their interdisciplinary expert assessments and recommendations.

In the Environmental policy and economics module innovative learning environments – such as group work, case studies, problem sets, simulations, discussions, lectures and text production – prepare the students for the challenging real-life interactions that characterize contemporary environmental governance in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. See course details for the module.

The Environment and development study module focuses on long-term pathways and actual debates related to development and environment in the global South. After completing this module, the student is familiar with classic thinkers and theories and current debates relevant in Development Studies.

In the Environment and development study module, students gain good knowledge of the main principles and relevant approaches concerning the political ecology and multi-scale resource governance in the global South. The study module also provides students the ability to apply the acquired knowledge in empirical research and policy-oriented work. See course details for the module.

Having completed the Consumer citizens and sustainability transitions module, students have the basic knowledge and skills enabling them to work as an expert in sustainable consumption in the public or private sector. They understand the research paradigms and main empirical research findings concerning sustainable consumption well enough to evaluate competing theoretical perspectives, critique research findings and critically assess policy proposals.

After completing the Consumer citizens and sustainability transitions module, students are able to structure and analyse policy, design and communications problems in sustainable consumption and to collect sensible primary and secondary data to inform solutions to these problems. They also have a conceptual and experiential understanding of different ways in which such problems can be framed. Additionally, students improve their practical research design, methods, data collection, writing and communication skills. See course details for the module.

When completing the study module in Global forestry sustainability, students are able to identify the elements of sustainability in ecological, economical and social issues related to forests from local to global level. Related to sustainability, students understand key processes and structures in forest ecosystems and how they are impacted by forest management.

In the Global forestry sustainability study module, students also learn to understand the role of key stakeholders and their economic and social dependencies on sustainability. After completing the study module, students are able to analyze activities in forests and policy processes in forestry from multiple perspectives. See course details for the module.

The study module of Science and technology studies introduces students to key questions in science and technology research, as well as to research conducted on the topic at the University of Helsinki.

After completing the module, the student understands how the interaction between science and society can be studied using different social science methods. In a similar way, the student understands how technology, technological development and interaction between technology and society can be explored using social science methods. Through their studies students get familiar with the key issues and theoretical approaches of some of the special fields of science and technology research. See course details for the Science and technology module.