SL2556 Enabling green and sustainable transitions

Single subject course, 7,5 Higher education credits, Second cycle, spring semester 2021


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Enabling green and sustainable transitions builds on the course Understanding green and sustainable transitions. The first course provides an understanding of why such transitions are necessary, and how change happens in society, industry, and organizations. This second course builds on this understanding, focusing on how to instigate and navigate these transitions, both in an organizational and sectoral context. The course provides organizational tools and frameworks to develop competencies in managing transitions strategically. Sustainability change theories will be complemented by tools for organizational transformation including an overview of different argumentations for the business case for sustainability and an introduction to leadership skills required for transitions. The course is aimed at early- to mid-career professionals who are interested in supporting their sector in these transitions. The course will focus on two sectors in particular: tourism and manufacturing. The course is the second of two courses, which lead to a 15 credits certification.


  • Type of instruction: Distance, mixed-time, part-time 50%
  • Application code: BTH-G5840
  • Period : 2021-March-29 until 2021-June-06
  • Education level: A1N
  • Application: Apply via
  • Language of instruction: The language of instruction is English.
  • Location: Some or all of education and examination is held at distance.
  • No. of occasions: Mandatory: none, Voluntary: none
  • Main field of study: Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability
  • Course syllabus: Download
  • Welcome letter: Link to welcome letter from responsible teacher will be posted here no later than 3 weeks before the course begins.
  • Entry requirements: Admission to the course requires at least 120 credits of university education completed, and English 6. In addition 2.5 credits completed in Understanding green and sustainable transitions are required.


The course covers theories, concepts, methods and tools for transitions towards sustainability. The course provides basic knowledge on personal leadership, participatory methodologies, and strategic planning to enable transitions towards sustainability. The content is applied in a project to create a transition plan towards sustainability for a real organization in the sector the participants are active in.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

• Describe and discuss a strategic planning process for sustainability
• Describe key leadership skills and explain their significance in addressing the sustainability challenge
Competence and skills

• Apply a strategic planning process for sustainability to an organization
• Apply and combine different participatory processes to support organizational change towards sustainability
• Assess their own sustainability leadership skills and abilities and create their own leadership development plan focused on life-long learning
Judgement and approach

• Critically reflect on how to select and apply participatory approaches to support planning towards sustainability
• Critically reflect on how to enable sustainable transitions in organizations and society at large

Course literature and other teaching material

Compendium with articles and other material.

Course literature and other teaching material

Compendium with articles and other material.

Learning methods

The course is given on distance. The course includes lectures, webinars, workshops, and discussion forums both asynchronously and in real time. The teaching also includes individual assignments, group work and reflection individually and in groups. The lectures introduce theories, concepts, methods and tools. These are deepened, applied, integrated and reflected upon through the other learning items. Teachers with different scientific backgrounds, professional experiences and perspectives help deliver the course. The students’ different educational backgrounds, professional experiences and cultural backgrounds are also taken advantage of in the learning process. Group dialogues aim at cross-fertilization of the individuals’ different expertise and experiences.

Work placement

No work placement is included in the planned learning activities. BTH is aiming for a close contact with the surrounding community when developing courses and programmes.


  1. Merlina Missimer
Course Manager
  1. Pierre Johnson

Time allocation

On average, a student should study 200 hours to reach the learning outcomes.
This time includes all the various available learning activities (lectures, self studies, examinations, etc.).
This estimation is based on the fact that one academic year counts as 60 ECTS credits,
corresponding to an average student workload of 1 600 hours. This may vary individually.



The course will be graded G Pass, UX Insufficient, supplementation required, U Fail.


More information about exams are found in the Student's Portal, where you also enrolls for most exams.

There might be other scheduled examinations. Information regarding these examinations are available in the learning platform Canvas or at other places that the person who is responsible of the course will refer to.

Course Evaluation

The course manager is responsible for the views of students on the course being systematically and regularly gathered and that the results of the evaluations in various forms affect the form and development of the course.

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