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New Master's Programme in Education for Sustainable Development

News: Nov 28, 2017

Next autumn, the University of Gothenburg will launch a new international Master’s programme in education for sustainable development. The programme will focus on how education can become an effective tool in the work to promote sustainable development.

The 2-year programme, offered in English, will be co-hosted by four departments at the University of Gothenburg and one at Chalmers University of Technology.
It will be entirely web based, with all teaching delivered online, and will welcome students from all parts of the world with varying backgrounds, including in environmental sciences, social sciences, education, business and economics, and arts and humanities.

Education and Sustainable Development Hand in Hand

The new programme can be seen as a contribution to the ongoing debate on how education and sustainable development can go hand in hand. With global challenges such as rapid climate change, mass extinction of species, growing inequalities, and a growing world population, the creation of a more sustainable world cannot wait.
‘Education is not just a tool. We also need to critically analyse the role of education in society and how we may need to re-think education and teaching practices in an era of climate change and ecological crises,’ says programme coordinator Helena Pedersen.
The program will focus not only on the formal education system, but also on various forms of non-formal learning in relation to sustainable development, for example in various types of organisations.

Critical Dialogue

‘The programme will train the students in responding to local and global sustainability challenges, but also in working against them and contributing to a more sustainable future through education and research,’ says Pedersen.
The students will for example enter into critical dialogue with the latest scientific debates in the social, natural and educational sciences, and will also be provided a range of analytical tools that will help them develop theoretical and practice-based knowledge in the area of education for sustainable development.
The international admission period for the autumn semester 2018 will close on 15 January 2018. National applications will be accepted 15 March–16 March 2018.
Read more about the Master’s programme in education for sustainable development

For more information, please contact programme coordinator Helena Pedersen at the Department of Pedagogical, Curricular and Professional Studies, e-post: helena.pedersen@gu.se, tel.: +46 (0)730 85 17 61.


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