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Sustainable development

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About this minor

This interdisciplinary minor addresses sustainability challenges from a systems perspective, and investigates ways to sustain society within planetary boundaries. The minor provides knowledge of society, energy and material flows, climate change, land use and biodiversity, and the interlinkages between these. You will also be taught academic skills and tools to design interdisciplinary solutions to sustainability challenges, including innovative and circular economy approaches. Moreover, you will improve a lot of practical skills like English writing, debating and presenting. In the final course of the minor, you can apply your acquired skills and knowledge to current and real-life sustainability challenges in the Netherlands or in Portugal.

Whether you are a language or chemistry student, a biologist or a cultural anthropologist, the minor Sustainable Development is open and of interest to third year bachelor students from all degree programmes. Please note that we can accommodate a maximum of 90 students. Admission is based on a first come, first served basis.

Why opt for the minor Sustainable Development?

  • It is a specially designed minor with courses that are closely coordinated
  • You will learn how the world’s major problems can be made manageable
  • You will work within both a local and a global context
  • The course uses modern teaching methods (debates, seminars, flipped-classroom, e-learning)
  • The course combines academic and practical skills
  • You will receive extensive feedback from teachers and from your peers

Good to know

For students who do not have the full 30 ECTS available, we have a few spots availabe for the ‘Sustainable Development: Big Issues New Answers’ course. If you are interested in joining the half minor, please reach out to minor@cml.leidenuniv.nl. You may need permission from the exam board of your degree programme to follow the course as an elective.

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  • Credits
    ECTS 30
  • Selection minor
    No
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Offering(s)

  • Start date

    1 september 2024

    • Ends
      2 februari 2025
    • Term *
      Minor semester 1
    • Location
      Leiden
    • Instruction language
      English
    Enrolment starts in 23 days
These offerings are valid for students of Leiden University