A sustainable world needs leaders
‘Leadership for sustainable change’ is a course about a sustainable world and how to get there. The course first introduces natural processes and environmental systems as a background to sustainability. Principles of sustainability are then introduced, and different scientific and practical applications – including the circular economy. From there the course concentrates on transformation theories and leadership practices. Here the course grounds the course content in real-world cases and contextualises the studied sustainability challenges. The final part of the course introduces different theories and tools of learning and practicing sustainability. Additional to the content studies, the course includes a Make-a-Change project. Students in smaller groups apply their learnings by planning a sustainability change project for a real-world case.
During the course you will learn:
- what are the great challenges of sustainability and how they are related
- how to lead change in complex systems, for example, by utilising the circular economy
- what skills, knowledge and attitudes a professional change-maker needs
- how to make and collaborate on a concrete sustainability project plan.
The online course will be published on 4 September 2018, when the first ‘Leadership for sustainable change’ course starts at both the University of Helsinki and at the University of Tampere. Everyone is welcome to enrol, but if you want to get credit points (5 ECTS), you have to have study rights at either of the universities or pay the Open University course fee (75 EUR).
The course material will stay available online for free. You can study it independently or as part of your higher education studies. The course materials also include a separate section for teachers, with instructions on how to utilise the materials in a 5 ECTS course at any educational institution.
You are welcome to join the course!