BUP Courses

Undergraduate Level

Environmental Science ES

The ES courses give multidisciplinary overviews of the situation of the environment in the Baltic Sea region and on how to manage and protect it. The courses provide an excellent background for studying the Baltic University courses on sustainable development. The 15 ECTS course can be divided into two modules which can be studied separately:

  1. The Baltic Sea Environment (7.5 ECTS)
  2. Basic Environmental Science (7.5 ECTS)


English for Environmental Science EE

This is an intermediate level English language course that develops comprehension, vocabulary and skills of expression. Terminology used in environmental studies is explained and practised.

The Baltic Sea Region Area Studies AS 

The AS courses treat the Baltic Sea region and its societies under eight headings: history, culture, language, democracy, multiculturality, social conditions, economics and security. The courses deal mostly with the conditions in the region after the systems change in 1989-91. Regional development is in focus with emphasis on democracy, human rights and economics.

The Baltic Sea Region (15 ECTS) 

  1. Peoples of the Baltic (7.5 ECTS)
  2. Regional development and the Baltic Sea region (7.5 ECTS) 

A Sustainable Baltic Region SBR

The course deals with sustainable use and management of natural resources and long-term protection of the environment. Important issues in the course are energy and energy use, material flows, economy and ethics, industry, agriculture, transport and community development. (7.5 ECTS) 

Sustainability Applied in International Learning SAIL

A course on sustainability organised by the Baltic University Programme. The education consists of workshops, seminars and group discussions on board a sailing ship. (7.5 ECTS) 

Sustainable Development SD

An update of the course A Sustainable Baltic Region from 1997. The new course is an online course

You may find the course on this link: http://www2.balticuniv.uu.se/sustainabledevelopmentcourse

Concepts of Sustainability CS

An on-line course developed and run by Åbo Akademy University about Concepts, definitions and dimensions of sustainable development,about how to measure sustainability, and to discuss sustainability from several viewpoints and to relate it to own life.  (5 ECTS)

Master’s Level 

Sustainable Water Management SWM

The SWM courses are master’s level courses focusing on issues of sustainable use of water and water resources in the Baltic Sea region. Students should preferably have a background in e.g., hydrology, geology, physical geography, agronomy, soil science, forestry or environmental engineering. The full SWM course consists of three modules, which can be studied separately: 

Sustainable Water Management (15 ECTS)

  1. The Baltic Waterscape (4.5 ECTS)
  2. Water Use & Management (4.5 ECTS)
  3. River Basin Management (6 ECTS) 

Sustainable Water Management can also be studied on-line as a self-paced course.

Community Development CD

The CD courses are master’s level courses focusing on sustainable community development and urban planning with an emphasis on the Baltic Sea region. The courses are interdisciplinary, problem oriented and preparatory for a professional career. The course Community Development (15 ECTS) includes three modules:

  1. The City (4.5 ECTS)
  2. Building Sustainable Communities (4.5 ECTS)
  3. Urban Sustainability Management (6 ECTS) 

Environmental Management EM

The EM courses address management in all kinds of organizations, although industries are in focus. They are well adapted for competence development of professionals. The course consists of four modules:  

  1. Policy Instruments for Environmental Management (7.5 ECTS)
  2. Cleaner Production and Technologies (7.5 ECTS)
  3. Product Design & Life Cycle Assessment (7.5 ECTS)
  4. Environmental Management Systems and Certification (7.5 ECTS)

Ecosystem Health and Sustainable Agriculture EHSA

The EHSA courses address the field of rural development, sustainable agriculture and animal health pertaining to the Baltic Sea Region and to some degree also the Great Lakes region. The course consists of three modules:  

Environmental Management (30 ECTS) 

  1. Sustainable Agriculture (7.5 ECTS)
  2. Ecology and Animal Health (7.5 ECTS)
  3. Rural Development and Land Use (7.5 ECTS)