Sustainable Development Goals - Knowing, Measuring and Leading
Course · 5 credits
Do you want to get a deeper knowledge and understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals, their interlinkages, synergies and trade-offs, as well as the challenges in implementing, measuring and leading for the SDGs?
About the course
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), was adopted by all the United Nations Member states in 2015 as a call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure peace and prosperity for all people.
This course provides an interdisciplinary and state-of the-art perspective on Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the most ambitious global framework for sustainable development.
The course highlights the importance of all the three spheres; biosphere, society and economy for a sustainable development and is structured in three interlinked modules on Knowing, Measuring and Leading.
The module provides an interdisciplinary understanding of the 17 SDGs and their interlinkages. Students will receive an introduction to the development and history of Agenda 2030 and the SDGs. The module will focus on systems thinking and guide and facilitate students to deepen their knowledge of SDGs and its targets, as well as synergies and trade-offs between SDGs.
The module highlights the importance of assessments and monitoring for decision making and critically discusses the SDG indicator framework.
The module provides a basic grasp of the key governance challenges in implementing the SDGs, discusses key concepts in the fields of leadership and organisation, and highlights the importance of developing communication, networking, leadership and negotiation skills relevant to strategic decision-making.
As a student you will learn about and get a broad understanding of the interconnections between the sustainable development goals, including their history and implementation challenges, and the ways they are measured. You will learn about different leadership models in decision making and develop personal skills in leadership, communication, facilitation, networking and negotiation relevant to strategic decision-making.
The course provides you with competency in systems thinking as well as critical thinking, and the ability to measure, keep track of and predict the progress and effectiveness of specific measures and actions for the SDGs.
The teaching is conducted online by excellent researchers and teachers, and consists of lectures, seminars and exercises. Individual and group-based exercises and assignments are combined to stimulate and evaluate the student's ability to conceptualize and analyze specific SDGs and their interlinked biophysical, political, social and economic dynamics at local to global scale. Tools and knowledge introduced in the course are applied to concrete empirical cases selected by the student.
This course is for
The course is open for anyone who wants to get a broader understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals and their interlinkages, how to implement them, measure them and how to lead the way for sustainable development. You do not need to be enrolled in a programme or have a degree from a certain academic field.
- Graduate students and master students'
- Teachers and educators at different levels
- Policymakers and sustainable development practitioners
- Private-sector actors
More information can be found at https://www.lumes.lu.se/about/courses-open-to-external-students/sustainable-development-goals-knowing-measuring-and-leading
Closed for applicationsApplication opportunities
Amanda Elgh, Student Coordinator, email: amanda [dot] elgh [at] lucsus [dot] lu [dot] se, phone: +46-46-222 04 70
Requirements and selection
To be admitted to the course, students must have fulfilled course requirements of 60 higher education credits. Oral and written proficiency in English equivalent to English 6/B (advanced) from Swedish upper secondary school is a requirement. International qualifications will be assessed in accordance with national guidelines. International students are exempted from the general entry requirement of proficiency in Swedish.
Seats are allocated according to: The general average (GPA) of your higher secondary school leaving certificate: 20 %, The Swedish national university aptitude test: 10 %, Previous college/university studies (APGR): 70 %.
English language requirements
Most of Lund University’s programmes require English Level 6 (unless otherwise stated under 'Entry requirements'). This is the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 90. There are several ways to prove your English language proficiency – check which proof is accepted at the University Admissions in Sweden website. All students must prove they meet English language requirements by the deadline, in order to be considered for admission.
Your selection at www.universityadmissions.se
mixed Lund, full time 100%
In English, distance learning
Number of meetings:
0 of which 0 are mandatory
3 August 2020 - 26 August 2020
Closed for applications
How to apply
Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods.
Step 1: Apply online
- Check you meet the entry requirements of the programme or course you are interested in
- Start your application – go to www.universityadmissions.se where you create an account and select programmes/courses, during the application period
- Rank your programme/course choices in order of preference and submit them before the application deadline
Step 2: Submit documents
- Read about how to document your eligibility and how to submit your documents at www.universityadmissions.se. Follow any country-specific document rules for Master's studies or Bachelor's studies
- Get all your documents ready: official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants), official transcripts and degree certificate or proof of expected graduation (Master's applicants), passport/ID and proof of English proficiency (all applicants)
- Prepare programme-specific documents if stated on this page
- Upload or send all required documents to University Admissions before the document deadline
- Pay the application fee (if applicable) before the document deadline
*Note that the process if different if you are applying as an exchange student or as a part of a cooperation programme (such as Erasmus +).
*If you have studied your entire Bachelor's programme in Sweden and all of your academic credits are in Ladok, you do not have to submit transcripts or your diploma when applying for a Master's programme.
*Svensk student? Läs instruktionerna om att söka till ett internationellt masterprogram på lu.se.
Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 8 333
First payment: SEK 8 333
Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.
EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland
There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.
If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at www.universityadmissions.se. You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.
*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or PhD students, regardless of their nationality.
Scholarships & funding
Lund University Global Scholarship programme
The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is a merit-based and selective scholarship targeted at top academic students from countries outside the EU/EEA.
Swedish Institute Scholarships
The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Bachelor's, Master's, PhD and post-doctoral levels.
Country-specific scholarships and funding options
Lund University has agreements with scholarship organisations and funding bodies in different countries, which may allow applicants to apply for funding or scholarships in their home countries for their studies at Lund University.
- Scholarships/funding for students from Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia, Russia and Chile
- US student finance
- Canada and UK student finance