SL2555 Understanding green and sustainable transitions

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

It is no longer possible to apply to this option

Crises are windows of opportunity where transformative change in society can take place. Therefore, now is the time to ‘deliberately’ design a new, green economy. This course will explore key sustainability challenges and the underlying drivers of the current unsustainable system. The course will cover strategic approaches to sustainable development and a variety of tools to support transitions towards sustainability. 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 first of two courses, which leads to a 15 credits certification.


  • Type of instruction: Distance, mixed-time, part-time 50%
  • Period : 2021-January-18 until 2021-March-28
  • Education level: A1N
  • Application: It is no longer possible to apply to this option
  • 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: Download
  • Entry requirements: Admission to the course requires at least 120 credits of university education completed, and English 6.


The content of the course includes:
• An introduction to strategic sustainable development (both what it is and why it is important to understand)
• An introduction to systems thinking, complexity, and the role of crises and disturbance in societal change
• Several theories of change applied to complex social-ecological systems, and the role of disturbance in creating change
• An introduction to several tools, methods, and concepts that support the implementation of green and sustainable transitions

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

• Explain what strategic sustainable development is and why it is needed
• Identify the defining features of complex social-ecological systems and explain how these features affect how change happens in society
• Describe different ways change is theorised in the field of sustainability
Competence and skills

• Engage in constructive and reflective dialogue about sustainability transitions with peers in an online format
• Theorise how sustainability change happens, drawing on scholarship on change in the field of sustainability
Judgement and approach

• Identify appropriate tools, methods, and concepts for navigating times of disruption and disorganisation in a given context and rationalise why they are appropriate

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 teaching includes recorded lectures, webinars, and discussion forums both asynchronously and in real time. The lectures introduce theories, concepts, methods and tools, while webinars are used to address students’ questions and engage them in more dynamic discussions. Teachers with different scientific backgrounds, professional experience, and perspectives deliver and facilitate the course. The students’ different educational backgrounds, professional experiences and cultural backgrounds are also taken advantage of in the learning process.

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. Rebecca Laycock

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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