UNESCO Chair: Sustainable heritage and environmental management
Sustainability education

Courses for the 2030 Agenda

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

Opphavsrett: Alexander Hovland

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.

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.

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.


See the list of all climate courses at UiB.

The UNESCO chair is responsible for the SDG215 and MNF115 courses.