|Degree:||Master of Science (MSc)|
|University website:||Sustainable Development|
Are you a creative thinker and problem-solver who could help us build a more sustainable world? Get practical, theoretical and applied research experiences in work integrated learning and sustainable development. With a dual competency in sustainability and organisational development, you’ll have the skills to contribute to innovative long-term solutions in ecological, social or economic sustainability – within or between organisations or groups. This two-year, English-taught programme is for students and professionals with diverse backgrounds. It offers an optional specialisation and internship so you can make an impact in your chosen area of expertise.
The United Nations describes sustainable development as the organising principle for achieving development goals while allowing natural systems to provide natural resources and ecosystem services that support society and the economy.
The global goals aim to balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: ecological sustainability, social sustainability and economic sustainability. Updating and shaping knowledge and results in regard to the 17 global goals of Agenda 2030 within organisations and companies is a step towards achieving sustainable development.
The three dimensions of sustainable development
Through this programme, you will learn how to be an active agent or leader in organisations or groups playing their part in evaluating and implementing sustainable development goals.
The programme is multidisciplinary and includes study in organisational development, sustainability, political science, law, environmental philosophy and more. Work-integrated learning forms the foundation of your studies, with special focus on sustainable development.
The programme prepares you to:
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Through systematic reflection on the relationship between facts and norms, practical and theoretical knowledge, you will gain insight into how organisations and groups can take a results-based approach to achieve sustainable development.
In this programme, you’ll build knowledge across a broad range of topics. An added advantage of studying at University West is that you will also have easy access to the rich research environment of LINA.
You’ll gain practical experience through assignments as well as group and individual projects in close collaboration with public, private and non-profit leaders.
This programme will build your knowledge base in both work integrated learning and sustainable development, step by step, beginning with an introduction to WIL and sustainability as an academic and professional subject.
Through this programme, you will develop both interdisciplinary research competence and professional competence in the field of sustainability. The training is unique in its combination of sustainability and WIL, the processes turning knowledge into practice. You will learn how to understand and evaluate the common global sustainability goals and how they can be achieved within different activities and contexts. You will build this competence through work integrated learning content and pedagogy.
Optional internship or study abroad experience
Gain real work experience with an internship or expand your cultural competencies by studying abroad during the third semester of your programme.