This is an overview of course material that have been developed by The Baltic University Programme. The courses are given locally at a Participating University that chooses to use the material. Published material such as textbooks, can be found on the Publications-page. If there is any published material that you miss, contact the BUP Communications Officer, Ulrika Klintberg.

Undergraduate Level courses

Environmental Science
The course gives an interdisciplinary overview of the environmental situation in the area of the Baltic Sea Basin, its physical and biological resources, and human environmental impacts. Technical, economic and legal tools and future solutions to environmental problems are treated from a regional perspective. The course provide a background for studying the Baltic University courses on sustainable development. The course can be divided into two modules which can be studied separately:

  1. The Baltic Sea Environment. The course conveys general knowledge of the Baltic Sea environment as well as a survey of topics which are important for understanding and improving the environmental situation of the Baltic region.  It prepares the student to place environmental problems in their appropriate social context.  (7.5 ECTS)
  2. Basic Environmental Science (7.5 ECTS)


English for Environmental Science
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 course develops the capacity of the students to cooperate effectively in the field of Environ-mental Science using English language. 

The Baltic Sea Region Area Studies
These 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

  1. Peoples of the Baltic. The course conveys a general knowledge about peoples, culture and history of the region surrounding the Baltic Sea. It deals with issues and problems of common interest that all are important prerequisites for interaction, a democratic development and peaceful coexistence in the area. The course focuses on getting to know the Baltic Sea region, and especially its multicultural
    societies. (7.5 ECTS)
  2. Regional development and the Baltic Sea region (7.5 ECTS) 

A Sustainable Baltic Region
This 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. An update of this course is available in the "Sustainable Development" course.

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. The conference gives an overview of the current situation concerning some of the most important issues of sustainability. The teachers together plann and create the conference program before the cruise, and run the conference by giving lectures, organizing workshops on board and contribute with their expertise in discussions and presentations on different themes. 

Sustainable Development
The course conveys different views on sustainability globally and especially in the Baltic Sea Region. The political and socio-economic dimensions and aspects of environmental impact and use of natural resources are discussed, as well as strategies for change and environmental governance and management. The course consists of twelve thematic modules, each accompanied by texts and video inserts, together with locally organised lectures, seminars and study visits. This course in an update of the  "A Sustainable Baltic Region" course. 

Concepts of Sustainability
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
The SWM courses are master’s level courses focusing on issues of sustainable use of water and water resources in the Baltic Sea region. The course conveys a comprehensive view on water resources, their character, status and use, with a focus on the Baltic Sea drainage basin. Water in society is treated in the context of river basin wide management of water resources as underlined in administrative and legal reforms.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: 

  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
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. The course describes legal and economic policy instruments, including environmental impact assessment, environmental legislation permits, and inspections and controls. The role of inspections, both for control and in consultation to improve environmental performance in a company, is discussed. The environmental fines and taxes, although mostly of national concern, are studied. The EU legislation is treated in some detail as well as most important national legislation. (7.5 ECTS)
  2. Cleaner Production and Technologies. The course describes production processes where pollution is minimized at the source and efficiency of resource use is carefully improved. A series of production processes and how to improve energy, water and material resource management and improve production technologies. It describes how the implementation of cleaner technologies not only improves environmental performance, but also economic viability and the quality of the production process. (7.5 ECTS)
  3. Product Design & Life Cycle Assessment. The course describes the design of products and their use are major concerns to improve environmental performance and resource flow in society. The course treats this by applying environmental management, eco-design and lifecycle assessment techniques. A series of indicators for environmental impact are examined, throughout the lifecycles of products. The techniques are illustrated by many cases of eco design, dematerialisation, use of indicators and LCA calculations.   (7.5 ECTS)
  4. Environmental Management Systems and Certification. The course describes the systematic review, or audit, of an activity in an organization, industry, or business to map environmental impact and resource use. The practicalities of ISO 14001 and EMAS certification are described.  (7.5 ECTS)

Ecosystem Health and Sustainable Agriculture
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:

  1. Sustainable Agriculture - The course include: Definitions of the Ecosystems Approach and Sustainability; Definition of Sustainable and Non-sustainable Issues in Agriculture; On the Sustainability of Different Farming Systems – Conventional, Organic and Integrated Systems; Plant Nutrient Management, Livestock Density, Agricultural Structure and the Environment; Reducing the Risks Associated with the Use of Plant Protection Products; Combating Soil Degradation; Production of High Quality Products & Balanced Feeding; Animal Welfare; Biological Diversity; Occupational Health and Safety in Agriculture; Counteracting Climate Change Effects; Farm Level Economics of Agricultural Production; How to Change Behaviour – Carrots and Sticks, and Perspectives for Sustainable Development of Agricultural and Rural Areas (7.5 ECTS).
  2. Ecology and Animal Health -The course include: Wildlife and ecosystem health Stewardship of biodiversity; The Baltic sea; The north American Great Lakes/St. Lawrence river and estuary; Infectious diseases at the wildlife-livestock interface; Prevention of infectious diseases in livestock and wildlife; Anthropogenic contamination of ecosystems – consequences and actions; Food safety and public health; Impact of climate change on the health of wildlife, domestic animals and ecosystems (7.5 ECTS).
  3. ​Rural Development and Land Use. The course include: The rural landscape; The rural society; Forests and energy; Planning, management and assessment, and Policy instruments and governance (7.5 ECTS).
Last modified: 2021-05-26