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Education for Sustainable Development - an introduction

Master's level | 15 credits | Course code: ESD101 | Sustainability focused
Autumn 2020
100% Distance
Period: 31 August 2020 - 2 November 2020
2 Closed GU-19350
2) Only EU/EEA citizens and students with approved residence permit in Sweden can apply

About the Course

There is only one Earth. With global challenges such as climate change, mass extinction of species, rising inequity and a growing world population, the prospects for a quality life for all, forever seem rather bleak. Central in this new course is the question: What is the role and responsibility of education in not only responding to sustainability problems but also in preventing them and in creating more sustainable futures?

In this 15 credit Master’s course you will critically and actively explore central concepts and perspectives in the field of education for sustainable development. The course content will be related to the participants’ own backgrounds, specific interests and prior experiences. 

Master students with different study backgrounds (e.g. environmental sciences, social sciences, educational sciences, economics, arts and humanities) can enroll in this course as long as you have an interest in both sustainable development and education.

The course is an introduction to and a base for other courses within the Master's Programme in Education for Sustainable Development.

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Requirements and Selection

Requirements: A Bachelor s Degree of 180 credits, or a professional qualification specializing in the school system of at least 180 credits and an individual degree project/thesis of 15 credits within or outside the degree, or equivalent knowledge and skills. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.

Selection: Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 225 credits.

Tuition Fee

Application fee: 900 SEK
Full course cost: 21 500 SEK
First payment: 21 500 SEK

EU/EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students do not pay fees. More information on:

Study Guidance

Elisabeth Bergius,


Department of Pedagogical, Curricular and Professional Studies
Box 300
40530 Göteborg
Visiting address: Läroverksgatan 15

Course that is sustainability-focused where at least one of the learning outcomes clearly shows that the course content meets one of the current sustainability criteria. The content with a focus on sustainability must also, in accordance with the criteria, constitute the course's main focus

Course that is sustainability-related where at least one of the learning outcomes clearly shows that the course content meets one of the current sustainability criteria.

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