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BIO-3021 Sustainability Science - 10 stp

The course is administrated by

Institutt for arktisk og marin biologi

Type of course

The course is mandatory for MSc students in biology on the Ecology and Sustainability specialization.

The course is available as a singular course.

Course overlap

BED-6018NETT Environment and substainability 4 stp

Course contents

In this course we explore the causes and consequences of the global environmental changes and the sustainability challenges that society is facing as a result of these changes. The course introduces students to sustainability science and some of the key concepts and ideas articulated in global environmental assessments (IPBES, IPCC and Arctic Council working groups) and environmental policies (the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, UN Convention of Climate Change, the Paris Agreement, and Convention on Biological Diversity and the Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework). We emphasize the need to understand interactions between ecological and social systems in the pursuit of addressing sustainability challenges.

The aim is to integrate theory, practice and reflections revolving around 5 interrelated topics: 1. Sustainability and UN sustainable development goals, 2. Climate-change, ecology and policy, 3. Biodiversity, ecosystem services and policy, 4. Resilience,  5. Environmental footprints and sustainable solutions. Global environmental policies and assessments promotes inclusiveness with respect to indigenous - and local communities, and is therefore a cross-cutting issue in all these modules.

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1st of June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester.

Exchange students and Fulbright students: 15 of October for the the spring semester and 15 April for the autumn semester.

Admission requirements

Local admission, application code 9371 -  Master's level singular course.

Admission requires a Bachelor`s degree (180 ECTS) or equivalent qualification, with a major in biology of minimum 80 ECTS.  

Recommended prerequisites: coursework in either ecology or sustainability science at BSc level.

Objective of the course

Knowledge and understanding



Language of instruction


Teaching methods

The total coursework is 300 hrs. Diverse teaching methods using online resources, readings and group activities combined with videos/lectures and one flipped classroom for each module.

Time estimates: flipped classroom - 10hrs; videos or lectures - 12 hrs; Quiz - 10hrs; work assignement for each module- 50 hrs; group exam and individual assignments are estimated to 75 hrs. The rest includes reading and preparation to the oral exam. 

Date for examination

Off campus exam hand out date 13.09.2022 hand in date 04.11.2022;Off campus exam hand out date 25.11.2022 hand in date 09.12.2022

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced at your faculty early in May and early in November.