Introduction to Sustainability with Social Science Applications - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Welcome! Here you can find the answers to many common questions. Please read this prior to emailing questions.



Application related questions:



How many credit points do I need before applying to this course?

  • You will need to have a minimum of 120 ECTS credit points completed before applying to this course. To show that you complete this requirement, you must send us ORIGINAL copies (or notarized copies) of your academic history.



What should I do if I have studied in a language other than Swedish or English? Do I need to translate my transcripts?

  • Yes, you will need to have an official translation of your transcripts. Please provide both the original and translated copies to us.



If I have studied in English previously, do I need to submit a TOEFL or IELTS test score?

  • No, if you have already completed at least 6 months' of University studies in English, you do not need to complete and send us your English-language scores. Simply indicate in your application which studies have been completed in English.



When must my documents arrive at BTH?

  • Your documents must arrive at BTH by January 24, 2010. Documents arriving after this date will not be opened.



I have questions about the documents I need to send. Who should I ask?

  • For questions about the application process, please contact Lena Magnusson, at Lena.Magnusson (at) bth (dot) se



What is the full application process?

Please note that participation in this course DOES NOT make you eligible for a Swedish residence permit.

  • Step 1: Complete the online application. When the applications are open, this link will be activated.
  • Step 2: You will receive an email confirmation with your application number.
  • Step 3: Send all supporting documents to International Office before the deadline. The application number has to be written on all documents (e.g. BDA20080615-XXXXXX).Please send your documents to:

Att: Lena Magnusson

International Office

Blekinge Institute of Technology
SE-371 79 Karlskrona

  • Step 4: ACCEPT your place in the course by following the directions in your acceptance letter.



Do you accept applications from other countries?

  • Yes, applications from all countries are welcome.



If accepted, can I apply for a Swedish residence/study permit?

  • No, the course is web-based, and there is no need to travel to Sweden.



Do you accept late applications?

  • No, we will not be processing late applications.



Is there a waiting list?

  • Yes, we will invite the first 60 qualified applicants to participate in the course, and will keep a waiting list in case these spaces are not accepted. However, after the start date of the course, we will not be bringing in additional students (for example, if someone decided to drop the course mid-way through).



Course content related questions:



How much time will I need to dedicate to the course?

  • There are approximately four hours of lecture time per week, which is pre-recorded and can be accessed online at any time. In addition, there is course reading (7 chapters of the textbook) to be completed throughout the duration of the course, plus other online resources to watch/explore.
  • The total time commitment is estimated at between 6-9 hours per week, although this will vary depending on language ability, working style, and comfort level with both the course material and the technology.



What does the course assessment consist of?

  • The course assessment consists of two written assignments, a final exam, and engagement with online discussion forms as well as live tutorials.



What will we study about?



Does the course have a fixed schedule or can I take the lessons when I have the time?

  • The lectures are pre-recorded, so you can watch them at your convenience. Also, the live discussion threads and online case studies can be accessed at any time through it's learning (BTH's online platform). There will be 3 tutorial sessions, when participants will log in and interact with a small group of students and a tutor. These will be scheduled according to time zones and availability. In most cases, we offer each live webinar twice, so that you can choose the one that best matches your time zone and availability. Also, participants will be asked to complete some group work, which will require coordination with others - but will be flexible (and we will form groups consisting of people within similar time zones).



Can I use these credits towards my degree at my home University?

  • This will depend entirely on your academic advisor's opinion on how well it fits within the requirements of your degree programme. This course is an accedited, 7.5 ECTS course and is thus transferrable. However, it may not always fit within your degree requirements. Please check with your home University academic advisor or programme manager.



I already have a Bachelor's degree. Will this course be good for me?

  • Yes, the course is relevant to anyone who wishes to learn about strategic sustainable development and its relevance and application to social sciences.



Is this a new course?

  • Yes, this course is new! It builds off our previous 6 years' of experience running sustainability education on campus and by distance learning.



How much does tuition cost?

  • There is no tuition cost for the course, as tuition is currently sponsored by the Swedish government, for all accepted applicants regardless of nationality.



How do I purchase the textbook?

  • The textbook must be purchased from BTH, and costs 600 SEK, including national and international shipping costs. You can pay by either electronic money transfer to BTH, or personal cheque, and the textbooks will be mailed out as soon as we receive payment. More details will be available upon acceptance to the course.



I have further questions about the course content. Who should I ask?

  • For questions about the course content, please contact Treva Wetherell at treva.wetherell (at) bth (dot) se.


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