The BUP Sustainable Development Course

The BUP Sustainable Development Course

The BUP Sustainable Development Course in an update of the earlier course A Sustainable Baltic Region (SBR). The original SBR course was printed and published in 1996 - 1997.

This update was first published on the internet in 2013. Since then some links and illustrations have been further updated in 2017.

You are welcome to the Baltic University basic course on Sustainable Development. The course consists of 12 thematic packages, each one subdivided in several parts. Each part has an introductory text followed by links to material for further studies. This material includes book chapters, films, power points etc. The material is divided under three headings: basic, medium and advanced. 

You may start to read the material wherever you want. There is no specific beginning and end. For practical reasons the different parts still have numbers. The packages are thus 1 to 12, but you do not need to start with 1 and end with 12. There are numerous internal references to other parts. Following these references is one way to study the material. Those who prefer reading a printed text have to make a printout themselves. 

1. Historical background and concepts

7. Mobility

7a. A culture of mobility
7b. Means of mobility – technology and systems
7c. Freight
7d. Policies and management of mobility

2. Energy use and climate impact

2a. Energy supply and use
2b Energy use and Climate change
2c. Climate policies
2d. Energy management strategies

8. Human welfare and sustainable life style

8a. Demography and population change
8b. Welfare
8c. Social sustainability, happiness and the one-planet-life

3. Resources and limits to growth

3a. History of resource flows
3b Limits to growth
3c. Measuring and managing resource flows

9. The political dimensions of sustainability

9a. Governance and democracy
9b. International cooperation and world order
9c. Making and implementing sustainable development politics

4. Urbanisation

4a. Urbanisation
4b. The sustainable city
4c. Urban management

10. Economy and sustainable development

10a. Economy and ecology – a single system
10b. The dilemma of economic growth
10c. Tools for approaching a sustainable economy

5. Sustainable production and consumption

5a. Manufacturing - sustainable production
5b. Consumption - sustainable use of products
5c. Waste management - sustainable end-of-life of products

11. Changes and management

11a. The processes of individual change
11b. Social change and transitions of societies
11c. Managing change

6. Life and land, food and fibres

6a. The living world
6b. Land and water
6c. Agriculture and food
6d. Forests and fibres

12. Education

12a. The politics of ESD
12b. Teaching sustainable development - A guide for teachers
12c.  Learning sustainable development - A guide for learners