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Courses for the 2030 Agenda (SDG courses)

The University of Bergen has a collection of courses building knowledge for the 2030 Agenda.

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SDG110 – Perspectives on Sustainable Development

The course is an introduction topic and gives different perspectives on sustainable development. The curriculum is interdisciplinary and combines principles and information from the natural science with social science. Emphasis is placed on physical, chemical, biological and ecological constraints that are decisive for man's use of natural resources. Important seminars include: sustainable development, energy, biological diversity, freshwater resources, marine systems and global environmental changes.

      SDG207 - Energy Transition

      The main objectives of this course is to lintroduce the science of energy transition and sustainable energy sources, and to provide the students with an understanding of key cross-diciplinary challenges related to the transition towards a low CO2-emission society. The course directly addresses UN Sustainable Development Goal 7, and will give the students perspectives to discuss the UN Sustainable Development Goals in the context of how we mitigate the ongoing changes in climate through a transition to a more sustainable energy supply.

      SDG213 – Causes of Climate Change

      The seminar aims at giving an introduction to the science of climate change. It provides the basis for understanding the underlying physical processes governing climate variations on different timescales in the past, present and future. The seminar focuses on explaining the main external forcing mechanisms such as the sun, volcanoes, and changes in greenhouse gasses and aerosols, which can contribute to changing the global energy budget and initiate climate variations.

      SDG214 – UN Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life below water

      Through active learning and working in teams, the student will acquire knowledge and skills related to science, policy, and society necessary for understanding and contributing towards sustainable development of life below water. The course will end with a symposium where the students will present a group project as a poster.

      SDG215 – UN Sustainable Development Goal 15: Life on land

      Human influence on the natural processes of the planet has been so massive in the last 200 years that the Holocene epoch in the time after the last glaciation has ended and we now live in the Anthropocene era, with mass eradication of animal species, climate change and physical changes in the Earth's surface. Thus, humans have transformed their natural environment over thousands of years by cultivating the soil and dominating plants and animals.

      CET201 – Sustainable Innovation

      The course includes central methods and theories within innovation, entrepeneurship, and creativity, with a particular focus on how to create sustainable solutions, concepts and business models. The course is practically oriented, but provides a broad theoretical overview of the innovation and sustainability fields.

      GEO222 – Sustainability in an Urbanising World

      The course addresses present urbanization processes in the context of globalization processes, and focuses on challenges and opportunities for sustainable development. The course provides insight into central human geographical theoretical and methodological perspectives, and research based comparative insights from cities and communities across the world.

          SDG303 - Global Health - Challenges and Resonses

          The objective of the course is to equip the students with concepts and perspectives for the analysis of global health challenges and responses in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals. This course aims for an understanding of the determinants of health, and health systems anchored in specific political, socio-economic, cultural and epidemiological settings.

          SDG900 - PhD for Innovation. Interdisciplinary course from systems thinking through creative problem-solving to RandD management

          The purpose of the course is to equip PhD candidates with problem solving methods that facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration with a strong focus on research impact. This will be achieved by working concretely with challenge-driven innovation related to sustainable development goals (SDGs), in teams consisting of PhD candidates with varied disciplinary backgrounds. PhD candidates gain theoretical as well as practical experience in methods and ways to solve complex problems that are characteristic for sustainable development challenges. The course works with both, private and public sector institutions (problem owners; varying from one course to the next) who furnish PhD candidates with an applied context and specific sustainable development problems. The course combines theory and application:

          • Theoretical part: systems thinking and creative problem solving.
          • Practical part: work in interdisciplinary teams using the methods for solving concrete sustainable development challenges. Three days of the practical work will be conducted in the format of a hackathon

           

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          The UNESCO chair has developed and teaches the SDG110 and SDG215 courses.